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Two weeks after man was set on fire, four are charged

Published March 30, 2007


SPRING LAKE - It was all very mysterious at first: A man was shot while driving his pickup down a dirt road in Spring Lake. Then he was doused in gasoline and set on fire. His attackers left him for dead.

No one witnessed the event, which happened just before noon March 16, but somehow 19-year-old Luke Griggs managed to survive.

He was flown to Tampa General Hospital with extensive burns and is expected to survive.

The Sheriff's Office has identified four suspects, and two of them are in custody.

Authorities say Griggs and the suspects were business associates and that the four thought Griggs had stolen money from them so they decided to teach him a lesson. Authorities won't say what type of business.

Thursday, the Sheriff's Office released the names of the people suspected of committing the crime. Erik Limas, 22, who is in jail in Louisiana, will be charged with attempted first-degree murder, criminal conspiracy and kidnapping.

Bradley House, 25, is in the Hernando County jail and has been charged with accessory after the fact.

John "Poet" Thornton, 28, and Carlene Troyer, 35 - two other suspects - are wanted by the Sheriff's Office. Anyone with information about the crime or the whereabouts of Thornton and Troyer is asked to call Hernando County Crime Stoppers at (352) 797-8477.

Researcher Angie Drobnic Holan contributed to this report.

[Last modified March 29, 2007, 23:55:09]

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