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Man charged in firebombings at Pasco mobile home park

LAND O'LAKES — A 57-year-old man was arrested Monday afternoon after authorities said he firebombed the mobile home where his ex-girlfriend and their 3-year-old daughter live.

Thomas Knapp was witnessed throwing firebombs at two homes on McKraig Lane in the Sunshine Mobile Home Park, at about 2:25 p.m. Monday, according to an arrest report. The other mobile home was empty, Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll said.

Doll said the arson was related to a domestic dispute between Knapp and his ex-girlfriend, but would not give more details.

The fire caused about $500 in damage, according to the report, but Doll said no one was injured.

Knapp, who was listed as homeless, was previously convicted of attempted murder and aggravated battery in Hillsborough County.

State records show he was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.

He has been charged with two counts of first-degree arson, two counts of possessing a firebomb and two counts of discharging a destructive device.

He is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail on $320,000 bail.

Man charged in firebombings at Pasco mobile home park 07/13/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 8:38pm]
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