A Charlotte, N.C., man says his black 1992 Corvette was his escape.
Now it’s been destroyed by an arsonist.
Seth Headley, 27, suspects it may have been a hate crime because he is gay.
“My Corvette has ‘gay’ all over it,” Headley said to the Charlotte Observer. “It has ‘equality’ in the back. This car is well known in Charlotte. It’s been seen, you know. It has rainbow LEDs under it. I let my pride fly.”
A roommate woke Headley up early Wednesday morning, telling him his Corvette was on fire.
Headley says he was suspicious of the origins of the blaze, and sure enough, once he checked, he found surveillance footage of a man driving away in a truck after setting fire to the Corvette, even returning 10 minutes later to add more flames toward the back of the car.
The vehicle is barely recognizable as a Corvette now, with heavy damage to the front end.
Police have already arrested Jackson Tyler Brooks, 21, and charged him with burning personal property.
Headley has owned the Corvette for a year because it reminded him of one his father owned when he was younger. The burned vehicle had less than 30,000 miles on the odometer and was in better shape than his dad’s old Corvette, though – that is, until Wednesday morning.
“It was my car. It was mine to enjoy,” he said. “I don’t go clubbing. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t do drugs. That was my escape.”
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested 21-year-old Jackson Brooks for the burning of the Headley’s 1992 Corvette. Authorities said Brooks was likely targeting the female roommate whom he had dated several times. Police believe a second case may be tied to Brooks as well. Here’s an update from WBTV:
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