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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-134

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 27, 2019
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    Man Arrested For Attempted Arson Of Government Vehicles

    During the investigation, the suspect returned to the location.
    • Wednesday
    • March 27, 2019
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • W Brandon Boulevard
    • Brandon


    Michael C. Gordon
    White Male
    DOB: 10-02-1991
    Address: At Large


    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested a man for attempting to set fire to 16 government vehicles early Wednesday morning in Brandon. Deputies responded to the Military Recruitment Center on W Brandon Boulevard off of South Kings Avenue 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 inside the tanks.


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

    During the investigation, the suspect returned to the location.

    Michael Gordon, 27, was taken into custody. During an interview with detectives, Gordon made statements about wanting to blow up the vehicles because, "the generals won't surrender to the Kingdom of God." Gordon referred to himself as "Michael the Arc Angel." Gordon had two lighters on him and admitted to having charcoal lighter fluid as well.

    Investigative Services from the Navy and Air Force, as well as the Federal Protective Services from the Department of Homeland Security responded to the scene. Gordon is facing charges of Criminal Mischief and Attempted Arson. Gordon has no prior criminal history in Hillsborough County. He is in the process of being booked at Orient Road Jail.
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