Man with sword, drinking rum, sets yard on fire

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Titusville officers found Scott Taylor sitting in his front yard, holding a sword and chugging a bottle of rum after responding to an active fire early Thursday morning.

The incident occurred around 2:12am on Craig Avenue, where police saw flames 4ft high stretching from the suspect’s home to the middle of the road, an arrest affidavit states

Police said the suspect, Scott Taylor, was drinking Captain Morgan and surrounded by open containers of alcohol upon their arrival.

Officers said the fires were extinguished before causing any injuries or damages to the surrounding houses. nearby homes were within 20 feet of the flames

Taylor also caused damage to the holding cell at the PD, breaking a sprinkler and causing flooding to nearby rooms.

Taylor is charged with:
WILLFUL MALICIOUS INTENT BURNING OF LANDS
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 1000 DOLLARS OR MORE
DISORDERLY INTOXICATION
RESISTING ARREST WITHOUT VIOLENCE

Police previously responded to the same location around five times over the last six months in reference to illegal fires started by the suspect.

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