VOLUSIA COUNTY FLA. (WTXL).– Police in Florida has charged a man with arson for allegedly screaming about vampires and setting fire to his house while a woman was present.
The Daytona Beach Police Department arrested Melvin Weaver (64).
Officers were called to a house in response to a fire on Sunday, at 7:42 p.m.
Dispatched reported that Weaver was carrying a large knife, was knocking on doors, and claiming his house was on fire. The victim was also inside.
Officers arrived on the scene and Weaver approached a patrol vehicle with the large knife. Officers were able to take the knife from Weaver and handcuff him.
Officers made contact with the victim and she told them that she had been married for 8 years with Weaver since 2000.
The victim stated that Weaver was rambling earlier in the day and had become more agitated. She called 911 to Baker Act him.
She said that Weaver was sound and in good health when officers arrived at the scene. She stated that Weaver behaved as though he were fine, even though he tried to let his dog go on the responders.
The victim then said that Weaver had run out onto the street screaming the previous day. She heard him screaming “The vampires are going defend themselves!”
He grabbed a wooden stick and hit her in the arm.
Officers were told by the victim that Weaver had broken windows in her house. She then went into her bedroom to pack clothes for the night.
The victim yelled at Weaver when she came out of the room.
The victim stated that Weaver then put insulation from the ceiling onto the stove and turned the stove on. According to the victim, the kitchen caught fire immediately and Weaver ran down the street with a large knife.
According to the victim Weaver takes only pain medication for his cancer. He isn’t sure if he used any other drugs. He was not sure if he took his pain medication on that day.
WPLG Report The fire destroyed the entire home.
Weaver was charged with felony aggravated battery using a deadly weapon, and felony arson in an occupied building.
He was transferred to the Volusia County Branch Jail