Man arrested for shooting flamethrower at neighbors

Andre Abrams, 57, was arrested on November 30 for shooting a flamethrower at his neighbors.

According to the arrest report, Abrams was upset about ongoing parking issues in his neighborhood, the 1000 block of NE 25th Terrace, and allegedly armed himself with a flamethrower, came out of his residence, and began spraying the flamethrower in the direction of a neighbor’s vehicle. According to the arrest report, the flamethrower, an XM42 Lite, sprays flames out to 20 feet.

At the time of the incident, three juveniles were sitting in the car when they saw Abrams walking toward them with the flamethrower and then allegedly spraying it at the car. Witnesses reported that the flames came within five feet of the car and that they were afraid of being burned and afraid that the car would catch fire.

Post Miranda, Abrams reportedly stated that he has had ongoing issues with parking and admitted spraying the flamethrower near the car but denied that he was targeting the juveniles. He reportedly said that if he had wanted to burn the car, he would have.

According to the arrest report, there have been multiple reports of Abram using the flamethrower in his neighborhood.

Abrams has been released on $45,000 bail, $15,000 for each of the three counts of aggravated assault.

  • “I don’t know.. but I want one.” ~ the Island.

    I didn’t even know you could buy a flamethrower.

    Anyway, was this a hate crime?
    1. He doesn’t like juveniles

    2. He didn’t like the parking efforts of the juvenile

    3. The juveniles were also black or of a different ethnicity than Mr. Abrams

    4. Maybe they were playing music in the vehicle too loudly

    On second thought, he may have just wanted to light a fire under their arses to prompt them into becoming productive members of society.

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