A man who said sirens from emergency vehicles “set him off” was arrested Monday after he allegedly threw a softball-sized rock at a Boca Raton Fire Rescue ambulance, according to an arrest report.
The man told police that he wants to kill Boca Raton firefighters because of their constant harassment.
Mark Chantiloupe, who is homeless, is facing a charge of firing a missile into a vehicle and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail while he undergoes a mental health assessment.
Chantiloupe also allegedly threw a water bottle earlier Monday at a Boca Raton Fire Rescue truck, the report said.
Chantiloupe allegedly threw a large rock at the ambulance after it stopped for a red light at 2400 N. Federal Highway. Aware of the water bottle incident earlier in the day, paramedics in the ambulance were about to call in Chantiloupe’s location to police when the man picked up a small rock, dropped it, then picked up a larger rock that he flung at the ambulance.
The ambulance driver accelerated quickly in order to avoid the rock. The rock did not hit the ambulance.
After his arrest, Chantiloupe told Boca Raton police that he was tired of being harassed by fire-rescue personnel but the report does detail any such incidents.
“He said if he had a gun, he would kill the firefighters,” an officer wrote in the report.
Chantiloupe told police his actions were the fault of firefighters.