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Homeless Man Accused of Trying to Set Fire to 16 Government Vehicles

Michael Chase Gordon | Hillsborough Sheriff | Arrests

Hillsborough deputies said he said called himself “Michael the Archangel,” and said he wanted to blow up the vehicles because, “the generals won’t surrender to the Kingdom of God.”

BRANDON – A homeless man has been accused of trying to set fire to 16 government vehicles early Wednesday (March 27) in Brandon, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

Michael Chase Gordon, 27, who is homeless, was charged with 17 counts of Attempted Arson of a Structure and two counts of Criminal Mischief.

Deputies said they were called to the Military Recruitment Center on W Brandon Boulevard off of South Kings Avenue about 7 a.m. Wednesday in reference to 16 government vehicles and one civilian vehicle that had the gas tanks pried open with rags and sticks placed inside the tanks. Vehicles in the parking lot are the property of the U.S. Army, Navy, National Guard, Air force and Marine Corps.

During the investigation, Gordon returned to the recruitment center.

Detectives said that, during an interview, Gordon made statements about wanting to blow up the vehicles because, “the generals won’t surrender to the Kingdom of God.” Gordon referred to himself as “Michael the Archangel.” Gordon had two lighters on him and admitted to having charcoal lighter fluid as well.

Investigative Services from the Navy and Air Force, as well as the Federal  Protective Services from the Department of Homeland Security responded to the scene.

Gordon has no prior criminal history in Hillsborough County.

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Homeless Man Accused of Trying to Set Fire to 16 Government Vehicles
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Hillsborough deputies said he said called himself "Michael the Archangel," and said he wanted to blow up the vehicles because "the generals won't surrender to the Kingdom of God."
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