Looks like one man’s effort to heat up his relationship backfired big time.
A woman woke up late Sunday night to a frightening sight: Her live-in boyfriend was dumping gasoline on the living room couch and then walking into other rooms, pouring gasoline over other furniture along the way, according to a report from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
When the woman ran outside their new Smyrna Beach home, she saw that her Jeep was engulfed in flames, according to the report.
Arriving deputies found the boyfriend, Troy Ladd, standing in the street in front of the house. When they asked him what had happened, Ladd said that he had been in the backyard burning some of his things, then added, “You might as well go ahead and arrest me,” according to the report.
The girlfriend later reportedly told deputies that Ladd had been in their backyard torching his belongings, which included his clothes, TV and a video game system, when she asked him what he was doing.
She also told deputies that she became frustrated after he mumbled something she couldn’t hear so she said to the 49-year-old man, “Why don’t you just kill yourself,” before heading back into the house for some sleep, the report stated.
Although the couple had been going through a rough patch in their relationship, they hadn’t had any recent fights, according to the report.
Luckily, despite the extensive damage to the Jeep and the house, no one was injured.
Authorities said Ladd never tried to wake up his girlfriend or warn her in any way about the blaze.
Ladd was charged with Attempted Murder, Arson to a Structure Normally Occupied, and Damage to a Structure due to Arson.