HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A former gas station employee attempting to set himself and his car on fire as part of a plot for revenge was denied a lighter by everyone he asked.
The Gainesville Sun is reporting that 40-year-old High Springs resident Kalpeshkumar Patel went to a local Chevron gas station on Monday with a plan.
After arriving just after 9 p.m., Patel used one of the pumps to pour gasoline on both himself and his car.
He then reportedly asked customers for a lighter to ignite himself with, but was denied by all those he asked.
The owner of the Chevron told police that Patel had left multiple messages of a threatening nature, stating his intention to burn the car in hopes of also destroying the store and station.
Patel was subsequently arrested for both attempted arson and aggravated assault, the Sun found, and he is presently being held at the Alachua County jail without bond.