A Miami man who lost half of his head in a car accident has been arrested for attempted murder after setting his mattress on fire.

Carlos Rodriguez - 'Halfy' to his friends - was arrested on Monday after allegedly setting his mattress on fire outside his house at 266 NW 61 Ave.

The 31-year-old was charged with attempted murder because of the impromptu bonfire's proximity to his neighbours' home, NBC Miami reported.

According to his arrest report, the blaze posed "an immediate threat to the lives and safety of the occupants" of the nearby duplex.


It's not yet clear why he set the mattress alight.

Rodriguez was also charged with first-degree arson along with the felony attempted-murder charges.

He had appeared in court Tuesday but the judge ordered the trial reset for Wednesday, concerned that Rodriguez had "mental issues".

Rodriguez shot to infamy in 2010, when he was arrested for soliciting a prostitute, and his mugshots - similar to those seen above - circulated online.

Two years later he appeared in a YouTube video explaining how he lost a significant portion of his skull and brain.

"I was barred out on drugs," he said, "and I was driving and I hit a pole and flew out the front window and landed on my head".

Showing his head to camera he added: "And this is how the old boy has come out. That is why it's no good drinking and driving or drug-drug- drugness (sic) and driving. No good, kids."

He then lifted up the joint that he had been smoking throughout the video.

According to the German tabloid Bild he had the accident aged 14.

Rodriguez is currently being held on $20,000 bail.