Ar­son charges levied against man

Of­fi­cials say he tried to set his grand­mother’s home on fire

Maryland Independent - - News - By DEJA ROSS dross@somd­news.com

Tyquan Free­man, 25, of no fixed ad­dress has been charged with re­sist­ing ar­rest, threat of ar­son and first-de­gree ar­son af­ter he al­legedly set fire to his grand­mother’s Wal­dorf home last week.

Ac­cord­ing to the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Free­man had been kicked out of his grand­mother’s home and re­turned the evening of Wed­nes­day, Sept. 19. Upon his re­turn, he ar­gued with his mother, who was mov­ing be­long­ings out of the home. Dur­ing the ar­gu­ment, Free­man placed some of his cloth­ing on the front yard and al­legedly poured lighter fluid on his cloth­ing and the steps lead­ing into the home. Threat­en­ing to burn the house down, Free­man al­legedly ig­nited the fire and fled the scene on foot.

A neigh­bor wit­nessed the in­ci­dent and called 911.

Free­man’s grand­mother then went back in­side the home to await the ar­rival of au­thor­i­ties. The grand­mother told CCSO Dep. Weaver she could smell the odor of lighter fluid in­side her home. While in­spect­ing her home, she saw lighter fluid cov­er­ing the com­forter of one of the beds on the sec­ond floor. She was un­able to lo­cate other ar­eas in the home where the lighter fluid may have been spread due to its

over­pow­er­ing smell.

As Weaver spoke with the grand­mother, Free­man re­port­edly re­turned to the Wal­dorf res­i­dence and at­tempted to push his way into the house. Weaver at­tempted to ar­rest him but Free­man al­legedly re­sisted and re­fused or­ders to place his hands be­hind his back, in­stead tak­ing a fighter’s stance, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. Free­man’s grand­mother urged him to co­op­er­ate, but Free­man al­legedly per­sisted in chal­leng­ing the of­fi­cer.

Weaver man­aged to re­strain Free­man un­til other units were able to ar­rive. Free­man is cur­rently be­ing held at the Charles County De­ten­tion Cen­ter with­out bond.

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