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article imageMan loads car with propane tanks, drives into ex's home

By Arthur Weinreb     Jul 5, 2017 in Crime
Fort Pierce - A 31-year-old man is dead and 18 people are homeless after it was alleged the man loaded his car with propane tanks and deliberately drove into an apartment building. Police say the man was on a mission to kill.
According to police, Carl Philbert, 31, once had a relationship with a woman who lived on the ground floor of a Fort Pierce, Florida apartment building. Philbert had gone to the woman’s apartment yesterday morning and an argument developed. It is alleged he left, placed four propane tanks in his car, three in the back and one in the front, and returned to his ex's home shortly before 1 p.m. He then deliberately drove his car into the building. The car hit the window of his ex’s apartment.
Shortly after the car hit the building, it burst into flames. Philbert was killed and luckily there were no other deaths or injuries. There were five people inside the ex’s apartment including a three-year-old boy. The names of the woman and her family have not being released.
The woman’s daughter said
her mother saw the car heading for the apartment and warned everybody. She then helped the others get out through a back door just as the car burst into flames.
One elderly woman was trapped on the second floor. She was rescued by Pablo Toledo who lives next to the building. He ran through the flames, went up the stairs and brought the woman out safely. Toledo said the woman was engulfed in smoke when he reached her. Eighteen people including five children lived in the building and other neighbours assisted some of them in getting out.
While Toledo was rescuing the elderly woman, his wife Kathy Toledo was filming the car that had just hit the building. The video begins after the car is on fire but right before the car there is a big explosion.
Ed Cunningham, a spokesman for the Fort Pierce Police Department, said “He intended to do damage. He raced his car into this apartment where five people were, intending to kill them, blow up the place or create some kind of havoc." Cunningham also said Philbert worked at a grocery store and was living in a motel. The spokesman added the three-year-old boy who lived in the unit was not Philbert’s son.
The building has been declared structurally unsound and it is not known when if at all the residents of the building can return.
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