Man with deformed skull charged with arson, attempted murder

MIAMI (AP) " A man who gained notoriety after discussing his deformed skull in online videos has been charged with arson and attempted first-degree murder.

Miami police officers wrote in an incident report that 31-year-old Carlos Rodriguez was sitting in his backyard Monday when they arrived to investigate a fire inside a duplex attached to a house on the property.

Investigators say Rodriguez told them he set a mattress on fire, adding he wanted to burn the house down so he could build a new house.

Rodriguez is being held on $20,000 bond. Records don't indicate whether he has a lawyer.

His mugshot first circulated widely on the Internet in 2010 after his arrest on charges of soliciting a prostitute. In 2012, a man who appeared to be Rodriguez warned against driving drunk, saying he was injured in a car crash when he was intoxicated.


This story's headline has been corrected to show that the suspect, Carlos Rodriguez, is charged with attempted murder, not murder.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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