He said the control tower made him do it.
A man has been arrested for lighting a tree near the airport on fire, then dancing around it.
Randy Buck Hood, 28, faces one count of arson and one count of aggravated assault against an officer.
Police say that on September 11, witnesses saw Hood "intentionally starting a fire on a grassy area under a large tree" near the airport.
The fire quickly engulfed the large tree and surrounding brush.
When officers arrived, they said they found Hood "dancing around the burning tree."
According to the police report, Hood told officers he "started the fire because the Sky Harbor control tower told him to do it."
Phoenix firefighters were called in to douse the flames before they spread.
The police report states Hood, who is homeless, had just been released from jail. Police say they found two lighters in his possession.
Police also say Hood became "combative" with them, hitting the officer's hands away. Hood then "threatened to kill" the officer, according to the police report.
The officer tased the suspect once, but police say Hood kept coming toward the officer with his fists clenched. The officer then tased him a second time, causing him to fall to the ground. He was then handcuffed and taken into custody.
He is due back in court Sept. 19.
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