The Bizarre World of Florida

Woman Sets Boyfriend on Fire October 23, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Bad Temper,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dispute,Dumb,Fire,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:56 pm

An argument turned vicious in Florida when an incensed woman poured fingernail polish remover over her roommate then ignited it.

meatballs23n-2-webThe fight, according to a witness, erupted after Carlos Ortiz Jr., 42, threw out Melissa Dawn Sellers’ spaghetti and meatballs, according to Clearwater police.

“She was setting little objects on fire, then that turned into pouring nail polish remover all over him, and then all of a sudden, the lighter sparked and he lit on fire,” said Ines Causevic, a friend of the victim, Bay News 9 reported.

Sellers had been staying with Ortiz after losing her job at Wal-Mart.

Causevic said she doused her friend with water and pulled off his shirt, which was on fire.

He is hospitalized in critical condition with burns to his face and torso, the station said.

“When he got up, his face was like melting off,” Causevic said. “His lips were burning.”

Sellers, 33, was charged with aggravated battery.

She has a prior conviction from 2008 for battery.


Woman Set Boyfriend Ablaze, Claimed He Was Participating In “Fire Challenge” Stunt September 11, 2014

A Florida woman arrested for setting her boyfriend on fire after dousing him with rubbing alcohol claimed that the victim had been participating in the so-called fire challenge when “things went awry,” police report.

necoleandmarcosAccording to cops, Marcos Fuentes suffered burns to twenty percent of his body early Sunday morning in the Bradenton home he shares with Necole Stephens, 35.

As Fuentes was being loaded into an emergency medical helicopter, he told Manatee County Sheriff’s Officer deputies that Stephens became jealous when she saw him texting on his phone. Fuentes added that Stephens “threw ‘medical’ alcohol all over him before igniting his clothes on fire with a lighter.”

Stephens, who was not home when cops arrived, was later contacted by phone by deputies, who reported that Stephens claimed Fuentes “was participating in the ‘alcohol challenge’ and things went awry.” Stephens added that she left the residence because she was “scared.”

Stephens, investigators noted, declined repeated requests to return to the home and provide “proof that she did nothing wrong.” She was subsequently located at another Bradenton residence and arrested. Stephens is locked up in lieu of $15,000 on a felony aggravated assault charge.

Fuentes suffered second-degree burns “on his left side from his shoulder down past his waist,” reported deputies. Stephens and Fuentes are pictured above in a Facebook photo uploaded to her page in late-June.

The “fire challenge,” which has been popularized by Facebook and YouTube videos, involves a participant pouring rubbing alcohol on their skin and then setting the liquid on fire. The flames are then supposed to be quickly extinguished. However, many individuals have suffered serious burns as a result of the dangerous online trend.


He may be called ‘Slender’ but he’s poses a big fat risk for violence to gullible teens

The ​fictional character Slender Man is reportedly the inspiration of yet another violent crime.

1Authorities say a 14-year-old girl set her Port Richey, Florida, home on fire while her mother and young brother were sleeping inside in an effort to please Slender Man.

The incident reportedly took place after the girl had an argument with her mother. Her mother woke up in time to get her son out of the home and said she later received text messages from her daughter admitting to setting the fire.

The girl told authorities she was motivated by a Slender Man website and was also inspired by the two Wisconsin girls who allegedly attempted to stab their friend to death.

What is it about this fiction figure that’s prompting so much violence?

The Slender Man websites and social media pages depict the character as mythical and villain-like. Those pages include some pretty creepy language that encourages violence.

However, after these recent child crimes, a lot of those same sites are including disclaimers saying that it is all fictional and that the site is meant for adults.

Most experts agree that viewing violent websites is not good for childhood development.

And a study published in Pediatrics shows young people who are exposed to violent forms of media are much more likely to exhibit violent behavior themselves.

Here are some websites that WFTS warned parents contain violent Slender Man information:

“First, the Slender Man wiki gathers urban legends describing the character and gathers Internet users who want to talk about him. Also, an entire page on the site Creepypasta rounds up eerie photographs and myths about Slender Man. Finally, you may see Slender Man tied to the viral online book ‘Soul Eater.'”

The Florida girl has been charged with arson and two counts of attempted murder. Local authorities have not said whether she’ll be charged as an adult.


Confused man sets himself on fire attempting to burn down an occupied home July 28, 2014

A group of South Daytona residents are lucky to be alive after an arsonist lit part of their apartment complex on fire, while residents were home.

News 13 spoke with the woman the arsonist was talking to as he was dousing the complex with gasoline.

Kathy Bailey’s charred front door is being replaced after it was set on fire Saturday morning at the Spanish Villa apartment complex in South Daytona.

downloadBut she and her granddaughter are lucky to be alive after police say Arthur Avery did not find who he was looking for, a man by the name of Ted; a man Bailey says she’s never heard of, which was a response Avery did not like.

“And he just started splashing the gasoline on it. And I said my granddaughter’s in there. And he said you better get her. So I ran in and my other girlfriend who came in from out of town said there’s a child in there. He said I don’t give a damn,” said Bailey.

A grandmother’s instinct kicked in and she ran inside for her granddaughter.

“Grabbed her and went out the back door. Did you get any gasoline on you? Yeah, I did, I was just praying he didn’t light that fire before I could get out of there,” added Kathy Bailey.

The fire burned two front doors, and a mattress, before working its way up higher.

Residents in this apartment complex tell me the flames came all the way to the second floor. One homeowner even saw those flames through the peep hole right here on the second floor.

“It looked like hell just exploded,” said resident Lonna Sampson.

Lonna Sampson is thankful South Daytona firefighters arrived so quickly to put the fire out because her son had no way out the back door of the second story apartment.

“Someone could have burned us all, all of us to death,” added Sampson.

Avery himself is being treated for burns. Witnesses told police then when Avery knelt down to light the fire, he caught fire himself.

Police say Avery rolled on the ground, an act which may have put that fire out, but led to his arrest because he dropped a set of keys and his wallet.

Detectives say Avery was driven by friends to a hospital in St, John’s county but was transferred to Shand’s hospital where he is being treated for his burns.

Meanwhile, Bailey is glad Avery was arrested, but too nervous to return to her apartment.

“I was Petrified. [Probably] the worst thing could ever happen to me cause I’m afraid of fire,” said Bailey.


If you get all fired up …. why not just set someone on fire … July 7, 2014

vincent-mooreOrange County deputies arrested a man they said tried to set another man on fire early Sunday morning.

Deputies said they were called to a home in the 7600 block of Clarcona Ocoee road around 2:16 a.m. after an attack.

Deputies said when they got to the home, the discovered 47-year-old Vincent Moore had poured gasoline on another man, then lit him on fire.

Deputies said the victim was taken to Orlando Health and treated for his burns.

Deputies said the victim is expected to recover and Moore was arrested at the scene.

Moore was taken to the Orange County Jail and charged with attempted murder.


Some folks light candles on their birthday; others apparently light up their boss’ home June 21, 2014

 It was Damion Haywood’s 40th birthday and he had just been fired.

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.

sfl-flduh-man-gets-fired-20140619-001Willie 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.


Man set neighbor’s shutters on fire with cigarette June 16, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,Fire,Scary,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 11:14 pm

A Gainesville man was arrested Thursday night after police say he set a neighbor’s window shutters on fire with a cigarette.

sfl-flduh-neighbors-shutters-fire-20140613-001Duvale Mitchell, 31, of 2526 NW 62nd Place, was charged with a felony count of arson, a Gainesville Police Department report said.

The owner of the home told police that when she arrived home from work at 6 p.m. she noticed that her window shutters were burnt. A witness told police he was outside when he saw Mitchell standing in front of the woman’s apartment around 3 p.m., the report said.

Mitchell lit a cigarette with a lighter but did not smoke it. The witness said he saw Mitchell place the cigarette in between the slats of the wooden shutters and go back into his apartment, the report said.

Police said the shutters caught on fire, burning about half of them before the fire extinguished itself.

When officials found Mitchell, he told them neighbors kept harassing him and breaking stuff at his house, the report said.

Mitchell was booked into the Alachua County jail at 7:26 p.m. and remained at the jail Friday in lieu of $45,000 bond.



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