BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The hunt is on for a man accused of purposefully setting a truck on fire.
Surveillance video shows the man setting a truck on fire just feet from a home on Sycamore Street in Baton Rouge.
That truck is now pretty badly burnt, but believe it or not, the owner told WAFB’s Lester Duhé it could’ve been a whole lot worse.
“He [culprit] was spraying that gas on my truck, literally like he was spraying salt and pepper,” said Norris Robinson.
Robinson is in shock and is wondering who doused his 1992 Silverado in gas and set it on fire right in the view of security cameras.
“I just loved it [the truck] because it was a classic. So many people came to my job saying they wanted to buy my truck because they loved its style,” said Robinson.
It happened early Friday morning (Jan. 24).
Both Robinson, his sister, and his 92-year-old mother, Dorothy, were inside asleep when suddenly, a neighbor from down the street came up to his door.
“2 o’clock in the morning. He [neighbor] knocked on the door, I said, ‘Man, why did you knock?’ He rang the doorbell and was knocking on the door. I said, ‘Man, why in the hell was you knocking on my door?’ He said, ‘Man, your truck is on fire,’” said Robinson.
He and the neighbor immediately sprayed water all over the truck he's had for about 15 years.
“The fire department said that was dangerous what I did and I should’ve called the fire department, but I couldn’t take no chance on it, it might blow up,” said Robinson.
After the fire was finally put out, Norris checked the recorder box for the video camera he has on his driveway and found out the fire was not an accident.
“He [culprit] poured gas all over my car, all over here, all over here, and then he came back again and poured it back over here again. When he lit the rag, that fire caught him, because he put some gas right here and that’s when he jumped and held his face and went that way,” said Robinson.
Norris knows without his neighbor stepping in, the fire could have spread to his home.
“I don’t do nobody nothing. I don’t know why they would do something like that, and then put my mother in danger too,” he said.
Now, he’s just happy his family is safe.
“As long as my mother and my sister are alright, you can always get another truck. I hope the Lord that they [police] catch him, because I don’t want to see nobody else get burned up and hurt like that, you know,” said Robinson.
The truck was the only way Robinson was able to bring his 92-year-old mother around town.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department says they’re still actively investigating. If you have any tips about who’s responsible, you can call 225-354-1400, or you can call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.
The fire department also urges residents to make sure the outside of their houses are well lit.