Rockledge Teen Charged With Arson, Attempted Felony Murder of Law Enforcement Officer
By Space Coast Daily // June 27, 2015
Police Office Escapes burning home unharmed
BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA — A Rockledge police officer escaped unharmed when his home was set on fire about 3 a.m. on Saturday morning. The officer’s home is also the security trailer at McLarty Park.
According to Rockledge Police Lt. Donna Seyferth, a 17-year-old Rockledge teen is now facing attempted murder charges in connection with the incident.
Lt. Seyferth said the suspect initially used a propane tank to set the blaze, but hit a water line which prevented the fire. The teen then set fire to the officer’s police car and boat, which was sitting on a trailer nearby.
The suspect was tracked to his home by Brevard County Sheriff’s Office bloodhounds, where he was arrested.
According to police, the suspect is currently charged as as a juvenile, and is facing attempted felony murder of a law enforcement officer, arson to an occupied dwelling, arson to a vehicle and criminal mischief.
Lt. Seyferth said details of the incident, such as if the officer was targeted, are still under investigation.
The suspect, who Space Coast Daily is not currently identifying due his age, is being held at the Brevard County Detention Center.
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