A Louisville, Kentucky man set himself on fire and plowed his car into a line of parked vehicles late Sunday night in apparent domestic dispute. According to Louisville’s WDRB Channel 41, the unnamed suspect threw a burning Molotov cocktail into his girlfriend’s car, but lit himself and the interior of his vehicle on fire, setting off a calamitous chain of events that left two cars and a house burning and a trail of destruction through the neighborhood.
“I heard this big loud ‘boom,’” said neighbor Anna Lavender. “I looked out and seen a young lady’s car was on fire.”
A neighbor who asked to only be identified as Kenneth watched the scene unfold from his house’s second floor.
“I saw him get out and grab a big giant boulder down the street, and he goes around the block again and I hear a big crash of glass,” he said. The suspect had used a large rock to break the window of his girlfriend’s car. “He pulls right up next to the PT Cruiser and lights a Molotov cocktail which causes a huge flame, and throws it inside the PT Cruiser.”
The woman’s car was gutted by flames, but the suspect managed to light himself on fire in the process. Panicking, he stomped his car’s accelerator, smashing it into a line of cars that he then pushed up over the curb and into a house, which then caught on fire.
Residents scrambled from their beds to put out the flames.
“I heard a big boom hit the house,” said Jamie Carwile, who grabbed her 3-year-old daughter and ran from the burning house. “My aunt’s boyfriend went into the basement and got the water hose and stretched it out here as far as we could just to spray the house to keep the house from getting hot.”
The house was damaged by the fire and collision, but was left mostly intact. Police and paramedics arrived at the scene and the suspect was taken into custody and hospitalized for burns. He escaped from the hospital and is still at large. Authorities have not released his name.
Watch the video, embedded below via Louisville’s WDRB: