Alleged arsonist faces attempted murder charges
Reportedly set home on fire with wife, kids inside
A man who had report- edly fled the state after setting his Waldorf home on fire with his wife and children inside was recently indicted on multi- ple counts of attempted murder, and has been extradited back to Charles County for adjudication.
The indictment, announced Tuesday, charges Eric Scott White, 40, with three counts of first-degree attempted murder and reckless endangerment, first-degree arson and second-degree assault. This comes three weeks after he was located at his parents’ house in Hickory, N.C., and arrested by the U.S. Marshals fugitive task
force and fire marshals, according to authorities. White had initially been charged with just one count of attempted second-degree murder, as well as first-degree arson, malicious burning and reckless endangerment.
Investigators believe White started the fire intentionally following a domestic dispute.
Around 6:57 a.m. on Dec. 15, firefighters from the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department and the surrounding area responded to the two-story house located in the 6700 block of Coati Court after the occupants heard loud noises coming from the first floor and were able to escape unharmed, authorities reported. Fire marshals estimate that the fire caused $35,000 in damages. The occupants were displaced and assisted by family and friends.
White has since been extradited from the Catawba County Detention Center in North Carolina, and remains in custody at the Charles County Detention Center to await his first court appearance.