Marathon Homeless Man Attempts to Set Tents On Fire and Fight Entire Homeless Camp

Marathon homeless man Adrian Nelcon Yarbrough, 56, of Marathon is in the Monroe County Jail after he attempted to burn down the tents of other homeless people in his camp, made threats to kill them, and struck a victim with a metal grate.

Yarbrough was drunk (I’m shocked I tell you) and upset with the other residents of his homeless camp so he started to threaten them with bodily harm. Then things really started to escalate when Yarbrough told them he was going to kill them all. Then he poured water on other people’s tents, while claiming it was gasoline. Then he told the owners he was going to burn them all down.

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Yarbrough then ripped open one of the tents and sprayed some type of disinfectant that was actually flammable into it, pulled out a lighter and attempted to light it on fire. Apparently, it wasn’t flammable enough as the tent did not burst into flames as he had hoped.

At some point during all of this buffoonery, Yarbrough even managed to strike a victim in the face with a metal grate, but fortunately the homeless population are fairly sturdy types and there were no injuries reported.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the homeless camp at 20 Overseas Highway in the city of Marathon around 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday night. Upon arrival they found Yarbrough still yelling at the other homeless camp members, and still threatening to kill them.

Yarbrough was placed into custody and transported to the Monroe County Jail facility in Key West, held in unit A where he faces several charges including disorderly intoxication (misdemeanor), felony battery, damage to property, attempted arson to a dwelling with people present (felony), and felony aggravated assault.

He is being held on $50,000 bond and his first appearance/arraignment is scheduled for December 12, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.


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