Video – Man Charged With Attempted Murder, Arson In Yesterday’s Elkton House Fire

Maryland State Police Arrest Man On Arson, Attempted Murder Charges In Cecil County
January 4, 2019

Maryland State Police arrested a man Thursday on charges that he tried to kill a man and burn down his home in Cecil County, according to Maryland State Poice Spokesman Ron Snyder.

Snyder said Brandon Michael Reynolds, 41, of no fixed address, is charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree arson, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. He is being held without bail at the Cecil County Detention Center.

According to a preliminary investigation, Reynolds arrived at about 3:50 p.m. to a home in the 100 block of Silchester Drive in Elkton, Maryland, where the grandfather of his son resided. Reynolds, who investigators believed was brandishing a knife, assaulted the male victim as an argument ensued, said Snyder. Shortly thereafter, the victim detected smoke and saw the front of the house was engulfed in flames.

Everyone escaped the house fire unharmed. Troopers then arrived on the scene and arrested Reynolds, who investigators believe planned the assault and was believed to be under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident, said Snyder. According to a preliminary investigation, Reynolds poured an accelerant in the front of the house and ignited the fire, added Snyder.

Investigators with the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal are assisting in the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing.

Breaking Report

Elkton – At around 4:00 this afternoon multiple Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware fire companies responded to the 100 block of Silchester Drive just north of Elkton for a reports house fire.

An army of Maryland State Troopers and Cecil County Sheriff’s Deputies also responded to the scene for some sort of police action reportedly involving an armed subject inside the home.

The fire heavily damaged the two-story home that sits about 4 miles west of the Delaware state line.

At this time there are very few details regarding the police action. We are expecting an update shortly.
This is a developing story.

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