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Man Arrested for Arson After Setting Fire to Manatee County Home

2/23/2015

Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413-2842

BRADENTON – The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of State Fire Marshal today announced the arrest of 20-year-old Michael Lynn Haynes for setting fire to a duplex-style apartment home on February 21 in Palmetto, Florida. The intended targets of the fire were two women, a man and a two-year-old child. Following his arrest, Haynes admitted his intention to “burn them (the victims) out like roaches.”
 
“I am proud of our arson investigators and our local law enforcement partners in Manatee County for acting swiftly to determine the cause of this fire and get the suspect into custody,” said Joseph Steadman, Chief of the Bureau of Fire and Arson.. “This heinous crime will not be tolerated, and I am grateful to Ed Brosky’s State Attorney Office in the 12th Judicial Circuit for ensuring that justice is served.”
 
After the North River Fire Department requested the assistance of the State Fire Marshal’s Office and arson was determined to be the cause of the fire, an alert was issued by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office to be on the lookout for the suspect who was identified by a witness. The suspect was tracked to Bradenton Beach where he was arrested by Bradenton Beach Police.
 
Haynes was booked in the Manatee County Jail and faces a maximum 15 year sentence for first degree arson charges.
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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).