A Florida man has been arrested and charged after brutally attacking his father and setting the man’s home on fire.
Reggie Chapman Sr.’s nephew described his 69-year-old uncle as a good-hearted soul and a fine person.
The mechanic and musician is now recovering after being brutally attacked inside his Stuart, Florida, home, which was then set on fire by his son, Reginald Chapman Jr.
“He was brutally attacked while getting ready to go to Walmart to buy food for his homeless son, that had been on the streets for quite some time. My uncle lovingly let him stay with him, and in turn, this is how he was treated,” said nephew Walter Chapman.
Walter said Reggie’s son had just moved in with his father a few days before the attack on Dec 9.
According to Walter, Chapman Jr. went to the garage and picked up a 20-inch handle to an engine hoist and went into the living room of the home, and beat his father until he lay on the ground in agony.
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Then, he went back into the garage to retrieve a gallon of gasoline and doused his father, all the while having a cigarette lighter between his teeth.
“My uncle was able to escape and flee his home at the same time his son soaked his master bedroom that contained his guitar collection, as he is also a musician, and other valuables, including his wallet, and set it ablaze,” said Walter.
Reggie Sr. wound up with multiple broken bones, a severe head wound, and fractured vertebrae.
Reggie Jr. faces multiple charges, including attempted murder and arson, and is being held on $1.5 million bail.
The family has created a GoFundMe account to help Reggie recover.