Florida man sprays flamethrower at teens over parking dispute, police say


Isolated image of fire from a flamethrower with a black background.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police say a 57-year-old Florida man angry over his neighbors’ parking habits sprayed fire from a commercial flamethrower toward a car with three teenagers inside.

No one was hurt in the Nov. 30 incident. Andre Abrams of Gainesville faces three counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intending to kill.

He posted a $15,000 bond last week and is awaiting a decision whether prosecutors will formally file criminal charges.

The mother of one of the teens says Abrams frequently sprayed the flamethrower to scare off guests at her home.

Abrams says he can’t discuss the case. He’s represented by a public defender.

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