Man arrested for attempting to set 16 military vehicles on fire

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The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man for attempting to set 16 government vehicles on fire early Wednesday morning.

Deputies responded to the Military Recruitment Center on W Brandon Boulevard around 7 a.m. for the report that 16 government vehicles and one civilian vehicle had the gas tanks pried open with rags and sticks placed inside the tanks.

The vehicles are the property of the U.S. Army, Navy, National Guard, Air Force and Marine Corps.
During the investigation, the suspect returned to the location.

Michael Gordon, 27, was taken into custody.

During an interview, Gordon made statement about wanting to blow up the vehicles, because, “the generals won’t surrender to the Kingdom of God.”

The sheriff’s office said Gordon referred to himself as “Michael the Arc Angel.”

He had two lighters on him and admitted to having charcoal lighter fluid as well.

Gordon is facing criminal mischief and attempted arson charges.

He has no prior criminal history in Hillsborough County.

He is being booked into the Orient Road Jail.

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