Cops: Glasgow man endangered kids by setting couch on fire
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.