Police have arrested Carl Philibert, an immigrant from Haiti, currently living in Florida, on this 4th of July weekend, when the enraged man decided to fill his car up with gas and drive it into his ex-girlfriend’s home, causing an explosion.
The young woman and her family were able to escape the fire, which destroyed the housing unit they lived in. There were no other fatalities during the accident, although there are at least 18 displaced families.
Philibert was the only fatality in the fire he caused.
The Daily Mail reports:
A friend of Philibert’s who spoke to WPTV on Wednesday was shocked by the news of his death.
‘I still can not believe that,’ Steph Dumornay said. ‘I’ve known Carl for like 7 years. I’ve never seen him snap.’
Dumornay described Philibert as reliable, straight-laced and a trustworthy friend.
Dumornay said he met the woman who Philibert was targeting last year, and had no idea that the couple were having issues.
‘He never told me something was going on,’ Dumornay said.
However, Fort Pierce police spokesman Ed Cunningham said they had been called to the residence before for domestic issues involving the couple.
Cunningham said they believe Philbert and his ex-girlfriend got into an argument when he showed up at her apartment on Tuesday morning because he didn’t like something he saw inside.
‘He intended to do damage,’ Cunningham said.
‘He raced his car into this apartment where five people were, intending to kill them, blow the place up, or create some kind of havoc.’
One of the propane tanks caught fire, causing an explosion.
On Wednesday, police released body cam footage of officers responding to the blaze.
Other residents shared stories to the media about their harrowing escapes, some carrying others on their way out of the building as it exploded.
The police footage shows charred cars and the burnt out frame of the structure.