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Man with deformed skull charged with arson, attempted murder

This Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, photo provided by the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department shows Carlos Rodriguez, who is facing arson and attempted first-degree murder charges. Investigators said Rodriguez told them he set a mattress on fire, adding he wanted to burn the house down so he could build a new, "two-story house." (Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department via AP)
October 19, 2016 - 2:08 PM

MIAMI - A man who gained notoriety after discussing his deformed skull in online videos has been charged with arson and attempted first-degree murder.

Miami police officers wrote in an incident report that 31-year-old Carlos Rodriguez was sitting in his backyard Monday when they arrived to investigate a fire inside a duplex attached to a house on the property.

Investigators say Rodriguez told them he set a mattress on fire, adding he wanted to burn the house down so he could build a new house.

Rodriguez is being held on $20,000 bond. Records don't indicate whether he has a lawyer.

His mugshot first circulated widely on the Internet in 2010 after his arrest on charges of soliciting a prostitute. In 2012, a man who appeared to be Rodriguez warned against driving drunk, saying he was injured in a car crash when he was intoxicated.

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This story's headline has been corrected to show that the suspect, Carlos Rodriguez, is charged with attempted murder, not murder.

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