• Man sets trailer on fire with woman inside in Ormond Beach, police say

    By: Ken Tyndall , James Tutten

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    ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - A 57-year-old man was arrested Thursday afternoon after setting a trailer on fire while a woman was inside, according to Ormond Beach police.

    Officers said the incident occurred around 4 p.m. Thursday on South Nova Road.

    Joe Gerard got into an argument with his roommate before pouring gasoline around the trailer and lighting it on fire, officers said.


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    Investigators said Gerard was upset because his roommate refused to have an intimate relationship with him.

    Officers said the woman was able to escape unharmed. They said she told them Gerard threatened to burn down the home Wednesday.

    Neighbors said police have been called to the home multiple times.

    Police said Gerard was arrested on arson and battery charges.

    The incident remains under investigation.

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