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Michael Brewer Arrested on Drug Charges; Teen Was Victim of Burn Attack Four Years Ago

Brewer's mug shot. 
Brewer's mug shot. 

Michael Brewer, now 18, was arrested in West Palm Beach this morning on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug equipment, according to the Miami Herald. 


Brewer was set on fire by a group of other teenagers in 2009. The kids were walking down a street when they found a substance similar to rubbing alcohol and tossed it on him. One of the teens, Jesus Mendez, flicked a lighter and set him aflame. Brewer survived by jumping into a nearby pool and undergoing multiple surgeries. 

After the attack, Brewer's father said the teens had been arguing over payment for a Little Mermaid video game. (The Palm Beach Post is still reporting that the argument was over a video.) But that's not what the beef was about. 

It wasn't until trial that Brewer revealed that the initial dispute had been over a marijuana pipe


Brewer's family relocated from Deerfield Beach to West Palm Beach after the attack. 

Three boys involved in the attack -- Jesus Mendez, Denver Jarvis, and Matthew Bent -- are all serving prison sentences ranging from eight to 11 years. 


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