LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Southland man is accused of setting a SUV on fire with his 68-year-old mother locked inside.

Suzanne Marques, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, reported Sunday night from the LA County Jail where the suspect remained behind bars.

Fortunately, the suspect’s mother escaped the Explorer without being seriously injured.

The incident occurred in Inglewood on 84th Street and 2nd Ave.

Officials also tell Marques that the man will be charged with attempted murder and arson. The suspect is identified as 40-year-old Gordon Grant.

Inglewood police told Marques Grant was involved in several recent incidents that have caused neighbors worry calling his behavior erratic. They claim he took a blowtorch to a pile of trash because it hadn’t been picked up on time setting off a fire. They also said he also shot at a neighbor across the street causing SWAT to be called.

Marques spoke to the man’s neighbors who told her they were grateful he was off the streets because they said his increasingly violent behavior made them unsafe.

Bobby Wells said the suspect’s mother is a “very nice lady.” He’s noticed changes in her son. “I think he needs some help.”



Comments (14)
  1. James says:

    Was the car a Firebird?

  2. James says:

    It might have been a Triumph Spitfire.

  3. FORD EXEC says:

    The truck could have rolled over

  4. DH says:

    Sounds like he might be bi-polar.

  5. Cj says:

    Gordon Grant has been trouble in our neighborhood for years. Funny thing is his Mother is the one that will bail him out of jail……I hope he is ablee to get the help he needs…….His Father died 5 yrs ago, h was the only one that could control him…..

  6. TT says:

    Thats sad …. I hope is Mom comes outta this ok – they are usually the ones hurt by this bad behavior…..And since they are mom – they feel they need to protect them, no matter how they behave – and you cant convince them otherwise….Im not saying that this is the right thing to do – but thats how it usually happens….

  7. susan says:

    wow how scary. hopefully theres no bail and they send him to an institution to get some help.

  8. Denise Groves says:

    do you think he had mother issues? seriously there are several groups of people i have no time for: child killers, parent killers, and ANYBODY who does harm to the elderly. lock him up with bubba. bubba will teach him how to treat mama

  9. Missy says:

    I think I know this person. I read one of the above remarks made by someone who said his father died 5 years ago..Was his father’s name Claude? If so, I’ve know him since he was a teenager. Very sad, if this is him. Yes, he needs help, no matter who his is

    1. Alesia Renee Rimmer says:

      Yes, the same person.

    2. michele says:

      yes his father is Claude!

  10. koko says:

    You know these people are family to me. This is very sad. I will pray for the whole family, because everyone in this cituation will be affected in some way! GOD BLESS!

  11. Tsnaxxs says:

    Wow…..I know gordon & have for years, he has definately changed for the worse, especially in the last few years since his father died & he & his mother never had the best relationship but she loved him whole heartedly & was the only one in his corner no matter what inspite of they’re differences…..He’s been troubled & trouble for others for quite some time & it was only a matter of time befor he collasped…..I’m really shocked & will keep them in my prayers…..he needs jesus……above & beyond our imagination!!!

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