Florida man Andre Abrams accused of using flamethrower to settle dispute – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami / AP) – A 57-year-old man from Gainesville is accused of firing a flamethrower at a car with three teenagers inside in a long-standing dispute over his parking habits neighbor.

No one was hurt.

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Andre Abrams faces three counts of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon without intent to kill, court records show. He posted $ 15,000 bail last week and is awaiting a decision whether prosecutors will formally lay criminal charges.

The mother of one of the teenagers, Ashley Gainey, said Abrams frequently sprayed the flamethrower to scare guests into her home. Gainey’s daughter Nate’talya Baker, 16, fled the car with her friends as Abrams continued to throw flames at them, police said.

“When he shoots, it lights up the whole road,” Gainey said. “It’s like it’s daylight outside. He will do it in the middle of the night.

In their arrest report, police identified the weapon in the Nov. 30 incident as an XM42 Lite flamethrower, which shoots flames up to 20 feet and is manufactured by X Products LLC of Vancouver, Washington. It sells for around $ 900 online.

X Products has stated that the devices are legal to buy and own in all states except Maryland or California.

The company – which also sells t-shirts identifying the wearer as a ‘little terrorist’ – demands that buyers accept a disclaimer and claim they have never been convicted of a crime, domestic violence or arson.

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Abrams was twice convicted of domestic violence after arrests in 2002 and 2004.

In the United States, there is no federal law regulating the sale of flamethrowers, which are not considered firearms. A congressman in New York introduced a restrictive bill he called “Flamethrowers?” Really? “In 2019, but the measure was not passed. Florida bans the manufacture or sale of shotgun cartridges known as” dragon’s breath “that mimic flamethrowers by firing a flame or fireball. fire.

Police said Abrams admitted firing the flamethrower at the vehicle, as part of the long-standing dispute, but denied targeting the teenagers.

“This family, how can I say that – the worst thing that can happen to a neighborhood,” Abrams said. “They’ve had issues with other residents, and that needs to be highlighted.”

The driver of the parked car, Amari Singleton, told police she and her two passengers saw Abrams approach them with the flamethrower and start spraying the fire. Police said the flames were within five feet of the vehicle as they escaped through the passenger side door.

Gainey, the mother of one of the teenagers, said she had confronted him during the incident.

“He shot them,” she said. “When I got to the door, he was still shooting. I asked him, “What’s your efficiency problem?” “

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