October 19, 2016 5:17 pm

Florida man with ‘half a head’ arrested on attempted murder, arson charges

This Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, photo provided by the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department shows Carlos Rodriguez, who is facing arson and attempted first-degree murder charges.

(Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department via AP)

MIAMI — Police say a 31-year-old man with a severely deformed skull faces arson and attempted first-degree murder charges.

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

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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, “two-story house.”

Police say two people were inside the duplex when the fire was set.

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

In a 2012 YouTube interview, a man who identifies himself as Rodriquez says he lost a large portion of his skull in a car crash.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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