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UM fan burned her UF flag because he ‘doesn’t give a damn about the Gators,’ cops say

Iran Walters in his most current Leon County mugshot
Iran Walters in his most current Leon County mugshot

A Tallahassee woman called police after a man she suspected had been stalking her set her University of Florida car flag on fire, police say.

Police say Iran Walters described himself as a University of Miami fan who doesn’t “give a damn about the Gators.”

Since his Sunday arrest, the 44-year-old Walters has been in Leon County Jail on charges of second-degree arson, unarmed burglary, resisting an officer without violence and misdemeanor marijuana possession.

According to the arrest form, the woman told cops that Walters repeatedly tried to talk to her and ignored her demands that he leave her alone. Walters told Tallahassee police he knew of the woman. but doesn’t “actually know her.”

The woman. said she pulled into her home, which sits inside an eight-foot privacy fence with numerous “No Trespassing” signs, and ran inside to use the bathroom. After, she walked out to see Walters “lighting her care on fire.”

Her screams made Walters run. Meanwhile, she went inside to grab a cup of water to douse the fire before it burned down the plastic stand to the car.

While she called 911, the woman. told police, Walters came back. He tried to make conversation, but “she told him several times to stay away.”

Later, after police chased him down, the report says, he began telling “his side of the story.”

Walters admitted he was wrong for “taking a lighter and making a fire. He made the fire on the Gators flag because he’s not a Gator, he’s a Hurricane and he doesn’t ‘give a damn about the Gators.’ ”

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