Palm Bay man sits on a couch while it was engulfed with flames

Man sets couch on fire because he wanted attention.
Man sets couch on fire because he wanted attention.

PALM BAY – A 50-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after setting a couch on fire because he wanted “attention,” according to the Palm Bay Police Department.

Officers said when they arrived at the home, located at the 800 block of SW Gena Road, the suspect was laying on a couch covered in ash from the fire.

The suspect was identified as Scott Joseph Hoenig of Palm Bay. The caller, the victim who also resides in the home, said Hoenig caused $3,000 worth of damage by lighting the couch on fire.

The victim said Hoenig was sitting on the furniture while it was engulfed with flames. The victim ultimately put the fire out with a fire extinguisher and observed Hoenig place a lighter in his front pocket.

Palm Bay Fire Rescue arrived at the scene and spoke with Hoenig as he was laying on the ash-filled couch. At one point, Hoenig attempted to punch a firefighter in the face but missed.

“I asked the defendant why he set the furniture on fire, and the defendant stated, ‘for attention,'” the officer said.

Due to the damage to the victim’s property and starting a fire inside the residence, Hoenig was charged with Felony Criminal Mischief and Arson.

Hoenig was transported to the Brevard County Jail where he is still being held on $52,000 bond.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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