Half-headed Miami man facing arson, attempted murder charges

Posted at 4:27 AM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-19 11:12:23-04

A Miami man famous for missing half of his head is facing arson and attempted murder charges for allegedly setting his mattress on fire.

Carlos Rodriguez, 31, was arrested Monday on one count of first-degree arson and two counts of attempted felony murder, according to an arrest report.


Rodriguez appeared in bond court Tuesday but the public defender representing him asked for the hearing to be reset for Wednesday, saying Rodriguez may have some "mental issues."

According to the arrest report, firefighters responded to a duplex in the 200 block of Northwest 61st Ave. after his mattress was set on fire. The report said two people live in the duplex next door.

The report said the fire was set deliberately "posing an immediate threat to the lives and safety of the occupants."

Rodriguez gained fame in 2010 when he was arrested in Miami-Dade for allegedly soliciting a prostitute and his mugshot was posted on the internet.

In YouTube videos, Rodriguez, who answers to the name "Halfy," explains he injured his head after he hit a pole while driving, flew out the front window of the car and landed on his head.

Courtesy of our news partner at NBC Miami