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HCSO: Man claiming to be "Michael the Archangel" tried to blow up 16 military-owned cars in Brandon

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Posted at 3:54 PM, Mar 27, 2019

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Deputies arrested a man for attempting to set fire to 16 military-owned vehicles in Brandon because "the generals wouldn't surrender to the Kingdom of God."

Deputies responded to the Military Recruitment Center on W. Brandon Blvd. off of South Kings Ave. around 7 a.m. Wednesday in reference to 16 government vehicles and one civilian vehicle that all had the gas tanks pried open with rags and sticks placed in the tanks.

Vehicles in the parking lot are the property of the U.S. Army, Navy, National Guard, Air Force and Marine Corps.

The suspect reportedly returned to the location during the investigation.

Michael Gordon, 27, was taken into custody. In an interview with detectives, he reportedly made statements about wanting to blow up the vehicles because, "the generals won't surrender to the Kingdom of God."

He referred to himself as "Michael the Archangel."

Gordon had two lighters on him and admitted to having charcoal lighter fluid as well.

Gordon is facing charges of Criminal Mischief and Attempted Arson.

Gordon has no prior criminal history in Hillsborough County and is being booked at the Orient Road Jail.