Cops: Glas­gow man en­dan­gered kids by set­ting couch on fire

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ches­

A Glas­gow man is fac­ing ar­son charges af­ter he al­legedly torched a down­stairs couch in­side a Mary­land res­i­dence while his girl­friend and her two young chil­dren were up­stairs, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County District Court records.

No one was in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent that oc­curred late Sun­day night in the unit block of Cedar Hill Cir­cle in North East, Md. The de­fen­dant was iden­ti­fied as Ken­dell T. Dick­er­son, 27.

Court records list Dick­er­son as a liv­ing in the For­est Glen neigh­bor­hood in Glas­gow but state he has been stay­ing with his 32-yearold girl­friend and her chil­dren, ages 2 and 5, since Oc­to­ber, court records show.

Dick­er­son re­port­edly ex­tin­guished the blaze — it set off a smoke alarm in­side the apart­ment — and then al­legedly fled, po­lice re­ported.

The in­ci­dent started about 10:30 p.m. Sun­day, with Dick­er­son al­legedly rip­ping toys out of the hands of his girl­friend’s 2-yearold daugh­ter and throw­ing them against the young­ster’s bed­room wall be­cause she had been play­ing too loudly, po­lice said.

At that point, po­lice added, Dick­er­son al­legedly grabbed a piece of wood from a dresser drawer and struck the walls with it.

Then Dick­er­son al­legedly started ran­sack­ing the place, while his girl­friend and her two chil­dren were up­stairs, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment of prob­a­ble cause au­thored by Deputy Brian Bravo of the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

“When up­stairs, (the girl­friend) heard the fire alarm go­ing off down­stairs ... she ex­ited the bed­room, went down­stairs and ob­ser ved Dick­er­son stand­ing next to the couch, which was on fire,” ac­cord­ing to court records, which in­di­cate that the couch was value at ap­prox­i­mately $250.

The girl­friend told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that she did not know how Dick­er­son set the blaze, which oc­curred shortly be­fore mid­night on Sun­day, but that she did no­tice two lighters on a ta­ble near that piece of fur­ni­ture, po­lice said.

She also told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that she had thrown the couch’s burnt seat cush­ions into a com­mer­cial garbage bin be­hind her res­i­dence, af­ter Dick­er­son had ex­tin­guished the fire and left the res­i­dence, po­lice added.

Shortly be­fore 1 a.m. on Mon­day, the girl­friend called Bravo and re­ported that she saw Dick­er­son walk­ing be­hind her res­i­dence when she looked out the back win­dow, prompt­ing Bravo to can­vass that area, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Af­ter a brief foot chase, Bravo caught and ar­rested Dick­er­son, po­lice added. Bravo then drove Dick­er­son to CCSO’s head­quar­ters near Elk­ton for pro­cess­ing, po­lice noted.

“Dur­ing the trans­port, Dick­er­son spon­ta­neously ut­tered that he set fire to the sofa be­cause he was ‘angr y’ due to ‘many things go­ing wrong’ in his life and that he ‘wasn’t think­ing’ at the time of the in­ci­dent,” Bravo re­ports in charg­ing doc­u­ments.

Dick­er­son is fac­ing seven charges, in­clud­ing first-de­gree ar­son and sec­ond-de­gree ar­son — both of which are felonies — sec­ond-de­gree ma­li­cious burn­ing and three counts of reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, ac­cord­ing to court records.

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