Arson suspect arrested in Bradenton Beach

A suspect in an early morning Palmetto fire was arrested Feb. 21 after law enforcement tracked him to Bradenton Beach.

Michael Lynn Haynes, 20, of Palmetto, was found by a Bradenton Beach officer on the beach in the 200 block of Gulf Drive North at about 4:50 p.m.

BBPD Detective Lenard Diaz said that when the officer ran the warrants’ check, it was determined Haynes was wanted in connection with the Palmetto arson being investigated by the state fire marshal.

The officer had been dispatched for a lewd and lascivious call and located Haynes, who allegedly consented to a search.

As a result of the search, the BBPD officer found a gram of cannabis, arrested Haynes for possession of a controlled substance and transported him to the Manatee County jail.

While in jail, the state fire marshal charged Haynes with the arson for allegedly lighting a fire to bedding in a Palmetto apartment where two women, a man and a 2-year-old child were living.

According to the state fire marshal report, Haynes told an investigator he intended to “burn (the victims) out like roaches.”

Also while in custody, Haynes was charged in connection with a Feb. 7 aggravated battery and a prior incident of criminal mischief window-breaking at the same Palmetto apartment complex.

He remains in custody on $22,000 in bonds.

In two court appearances, he was appointed a public defender.

Haynes was assigned a March 26 misdemeanor arraignment while a felony arraignment on arson, aggravated battery and criminal mischief charges is set for 9 a.m. Friday, March 27, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.