Man charged for setting fire during barricade in Md.

GLENN DALE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have charged a man who they believe set multiple fires at a two-story home in Glenn Dale after a barricade situation late Thursday morning.

Fifty-three-year old David Clarence Coley faces multiple charges including arson and malicious burning. Officials say he was treated at the scene for minor injuries and then taken into custody.

Firefighters responded to the fire in the 11500 block of Prospect Place to find heavy fire showing from the second floor.

Deputy Sheriffs were on location attempting to serve a court ordered eviction. Officials said the resident refused to come out and barricaded himself inside the home. We're told at least one shot was fired.

Coley told officials that he had weapons in the home. A trained hostage negotiator attempted to speak to him but they believe Coley set the house on the fire and the fire eventually forced him out of the home.

Coley faces the following charges:

  • Arson – 1st Degree – Felony – maximum penalty if found guilty is 30 years in jail.
  • Arson – 2nd Degree – Felony – maximum penalty if found guilty is 20 years in jail.
  • Malicious Burning 1st Degree – Felony - maximum penalty if found guilty is 5 years in jail.
  • Malicious Burning 2nd Degree – Misdemeanor – max penalty if found guilty is 18 month in jail.

He is being held on a $100,000 bond. Fire damage is estimated at $80,000.


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