WASHINGTON COUNTY, Maryland (WJZ) – Hagerstown MPs have arrested and charged a 31-year-old man with arson after allegedly torching a homeless man’s makeshift tent.
Justin Lee Clark has been charged with first degree arson, first degree arson, malicious destruction of property over $ 1,000 and theft.
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Firefighters responded to the 1700 block of Massey Boulevard shortly before 3:30 p.m. on May 28 to a reported fire behind a tractor supply store. The teams were able to extinguish the flames a few minutes after reacting on the scene. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.
After a thorough investigation, the deputy fire marshals determined that the tent had been intentionally set on fire. Investigators obtained security footage in the area and learned that Clark had purchased a can of gasoline and a small amount of gas before heading to the area of the fire.
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Clark was positively identified during the investigation and was arrested without incident on June 4.
“We will not tolerate this type of behavior towards some of our most vulnerable Marylanders,” State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci said. “It was someone’s house. I applaud the work of the investigators in this case, who sued the official. Everyone deserves to enjoy the same peace and quiet that we all expect when we return home, ”said Geraci.
Clark is currently being held at the Washington County Detention Center.
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