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Arrests made in burning of Neely's Grog House bouncer

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Police have announced the arrests of three people in connection with the burning of a bar bouncer in Port St. Lucie.

Last year Brian Johnston suffered serious burns to his face and chest after police say a man poured gasoline on Johnston's face and set him on fire at Neely's Grog House.

Police say their suspect, Ivan Louis Rodriguez, was kicked out of the bar for not paying his tab and then returned and attacked Johnston.

Federal Marshals arrested Rodriguez Friday near Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. Detectives say he was using the alias Gary Wilson which is the name of a deceased uncle. He faces a charge of attempted first degree homicide. 

They plan to extradite him to Florida.

Police say they also arrested Rodriguez’s mother, Shirley Ann Louisa Rodriguez and his girlfriend, Patricia Ann Ambrose and plan to charge them with accessory after the fact of a 1st degree felony. 

Johnston endured numerous surgeries and skin grafts to his face. He suffered burns on more than 30% of his body. He also needed a breathing tube while he was in an induced coma for weeks.

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