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Son allegedly tries to attack dad with blowtorch

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[March 19, 2010]  TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A Tampa man has been charged with trying to set his father on fire with a makeshift blowtorch.

 The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reported a 52-year-old man doused his 77-year-old father with gasoline Sunday night. Then the son reportedly made a blowtorch with a can of bug spray and a lighter. Deputies said he sprayed it at his father but missed.

The son was arrested the next morning and charged with aggravated assault on someone older than 65 and battery on someone older than 65. He was being held without bail set.

Authorities said the father and son had been arguing over money.


Information from: St. Petersburg Times,

[Associated Press]

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