Malabar Man Sets RV On Fire: “I’ll burn this to the ground”

A man sets his RV on fire and hits his girlfriend in the head with a rock in Malabar.
A man sets his RV on fire and hits his girlfriend in the head with a rock in Malabar. (Photo: Brevard County Jail)

MALABAR, Florida – A 36-year-old man was arrested after hitting his girlfriend with a rock and setting his RV on fire while inside, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Earlier today, deputies received a call about a domestic taking place in Malabar when a man, identified as Kevin Scott Cox, began spitting on his girlfriend and submerged her head underway in a nearby ditch.

“The victim had to struggle and fight to free herself from this attack,” the deputy said.

Cox then armed himself with a heavy rock and threw it at his girlfriend, striking her in the head. This caused his girlfriend to lose consciousness.

Cox’s mother intervened and attempted to protect her son’s girlfriend from any further attack. However, by doing so, Cox threw another large rock at his mother, according to the report.

“The defendant’s mother has numerous health problems that were made worse by this attack,” law enforcement said.

Cox’s mother was able to drag the girlfriend back into the home and away from him. Cox then fled the scene on foot.

While deputies completed paperwork on the scene, Cox returned and entered an “RV type motorhome located on the Malabar property. He locked the door and failed to obey lawful orders to open.

“I’ll burn this to the ground,” Cox shouted to deputies. “Wait to the gas in this goes up,” he added.

Cox then set the RV on fire while he was in it. This required deputies to force entry into the burning RV and remove Cox.

Deputies required treatment on scene for smoke inhalation. The girlfriend received a large raised bump on her forehead from the attack and was transported to a hospital.

The Malabar Fire Department and the Burea of Fire and Arson responded to the scene to put the fire out.

Cox was arrested and transported to the Brevard County Jail where he was charged with Aggravated Battery Domestic Violence, Aggravated Assault Domestic Violence, Battery Felony 2nd, False Imprisonment Domestic Violence, Resisting Officer, and Arson 1st Degree Structure/Vehicle People Present.

Bond set at $10,500.

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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.