Police: Man claims to be ‘devil,’ tries to burn boat

A 34-year-old Fernandina Beach man police said tried to burn the boat he lives on with his girlfriend and her teenage son told police he was “the devil.”

Brandon Hooper is being held for psychiatric evaluation and is charged with attempted arson and child abuse.

Police said Hooper and his girlfriend got into an argument and he started lighting cigarettes and throwing them around the boat.

When Hooper threw a cigarette into a closet with clothes, his girlfriend’s 17-year-old son tried to get take the cigarettes from Hooper and Hooper shoved and slapped him, police said.

When police arrived, Hooper told officers he was “the devil” and wanted to burn the boat down and burn with it.

Police said Hooper repeatedly slammed his head into a wall in the booking area and bit himself.

FBI raids office of forensic psychiatrist

FBI agents raided the office of a forensic psychiatrist Wednesday morning on Jacksonville’s Southside.

The agents were conducting a search warrant at 4131 University Blvd., which is the offices of Dr. Nikhil Nihalani.

An FBI spokeswoman said the agents will likely be at the scene for the rest of the day. She said the case is still under investigation and the reason for the raid could not be released.

A patient who showed up for an appointment Wednesday to find the office closed said they wouldn’t tell him anything, either.

“I just saw the DEA in there and that’s about it,” he said.

News4Jax learned that Nihalani, 43, was arrested last year for violating a domestic violence injunction obtained by a woman who appears to have been his ex-girlfriend. She wrote in the injunction that he held her hostage in a house, and made her watch while he sliced himself with a knife and yelled at her that she was responsible for his violence.

In the court document, she claimed he then started punching holes in the bathroom wall within inches of his face. She managed to escape the house, and walked nine miles to a friend’s house, where she stayed hidden for several weeks. She said he then hired a private investigator to find her.

The Florida Department of Health shows Nihalani has an active license with no public complaints or discipline.

“I cannot say whether or not the department receives a complaint or plans to take action against any practitioner until 10 days after probable cause is found,” said Brad Dalton, deputy press secretary for the Florida Department of Health. “If the department receives a complaint and it rises to the level of probable cause being found, then I can provide that information. However, if the department receives a complaint and does not find sufficient information (probable cause) to further investigate the complaint, then the complaint would never be public record.”