Arson suspect burns himself while setting fire to boat company, Volusia MPs say


VOLUSIA COUNTY, FL – Man who set fire to boat storage company in burglary, damaging expensive ships and equipment, ended up in hospital with severe burns, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says .

MPs said witnesses at the wheel noticed the fire coming from the Myers Marine Service in DeLand on Saturday night and when they stopped to investigate, Sean Sword ran out, saying: “I lit a tow rope in fire ”and that it was burnt.

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Sword told MPs: “I was trying to steal the (Volvo) XC90 but it didn’t work” because “it was too new” so he broke into the office, typed a letter to a man and grabbed keys that he thought were for the Volvo that was parked outside, records show.

He also said, “I lit the fire” with “gas and a lighter” “after trying to find a place to sleep for the night and then I went mad and made my way (to the office ) and I went on the computer, ”According to the affidavit.

When asked why, he claimed he wanted to “make a big enough statement for a Hell’s Angels biker patch,” according to the Records.

MPs said they questioned Sword again after he was taken to hospital for treatment for severe burns and admitted to having jumped over the company fence to run through vehicles in an attempt to ‘steal one, but when that was unsuccessful he set one tow rope on fire and the flames spread from there.

He said he hoped to be jailed for a long time, according to the affidavit.

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Records show that a $ 70,000 custom-built boat, a 1983 $ 5,000 homemade boat, and several boat engines valued at $ 10,000 were damaged.

Sword faces arson and burglary charges.


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