So, incensed, police say he set his 79-year-old boss’ truck and house on fire.
Now Haywood sits in the county jail charged with first-degree arson, dwelling/people present, and second-degree arson.
Willie Irven, the boss, told police he fired Haywood at 11 a.m. Tuesday because the suspect always shows up to work “high,” an arrest report states. Irven said that Haywood — who turned 40 that day — mumbled something and walked off, the report shows. After getting the pink slip from Irven, Haywood telephoned his nephew and asked the younger man to pick him up, the report shows. The nephew told investigators that Haywood climbed into his car toting a lunch box and a metal gas can, the report states.
Haywood of Daytona Beach asked his nephew to take him to a gas station where he filled up the metal can, the nephew told police. Then he asked his nephew to drive him to Winchester Street where the suspect’s mother lives. According to police, Irven lives close to Haywood’s mother.
About noon, a neighbor of Irven’s spotted a man beating a 2007 Dodge truck with a metal gasoline can, the arrest report shows. The witness told police that he watched as the man also flattened one of the tires on the pickup and then poured gasoline into the truck, lighting it on fire, the report states.
The witness then asked the man why he had done that and the suspect answered, “Because I can. And I will light your house on fire too,” the report states.
When investigators contacted Irven, he told them that Haywood knows where he lives because it’s close to Haywood’s mother’s house, the report states. It’s not clear what kind of business Irven owns or what kind of work Haywood did there. Irven could not be reached Thursday.
When police and an investigator with the State Fire Marshal’s Office arrived at Irven’s house on Kingston Street, they found the Dodge with three punctured tires. The vehicle’s front window had been shattered on the passenger’s side and gasoline had been poured into the truck and set ablaze, the report shows.
Irven’s house meanwhile — built in 1946 — had sustained some damage as well, the report states. Fire marshal investigator Murray McDonald discovered that gasoline had been splashed onto the south and southeast exterior walls of the residence and then set on fire. The fire did not spread because the house has asbestos siding, police said.
While investigators examined Irven’s property, patrol officers spoke to Haywood’s nephew and the witness who had seen a man dousing Irven’s truck with gasoline, the report shows.
Haywood has been arrested 23 times since 1998 and has a handful of convictions — including one for stalking. He served prison time in the 1990s for robbery and again in the early 200s for cocaine dealing. He was interviewed on Wednesday and police said he confessed to setting both the truck and house on fire. He was being held Thursday at the Branch Jail on $25,000 bail.