Oxon Hill fire suspect charged with arson, assault

Photo by John Lewis

An 18-year-old man is facing a litany of charges, including arson, after investigators believe he set fire to an Oxon Hill home Friday morning.

The fire started inside a home in the 5600 block of Woodland Drive, in the Forest Heights neighborhood of Oxon Hill, at about 7:30 a.m. Friday. Investigators say that the suspect, who had been involved in a domestic dispute with other family members at the two-story home, physically removed his grandfather from the house, went back in and started the fire.

When firefighters arrive, they spotted the man looking out a second story window before he climbed onto the roof. First responders then watched and retreated as he sprayed some sort of substance - possibly an accelerant - onto the roof. A short time later, he jumped to the ground and was taken into custody.

It then took firefighters about 20 minutes to put out the blaze, which fire officials say caused about $80,000 worth of damage.

Police have charged the suspects with first degree arson, malicious burning, destruction of property and 10 counts of assault on a police officer. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment and a mental evaluation. No other injuries were reported.

Prince George's County Fire spokesman Mark Brady tweeted this video of the fire in progress:

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