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Attempted arsonist arrested for Aberdeen apartment building incident

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Posted at 1:26 PM, Apr 08, 2019

An attempted arsonists who tried to set a fire at an Aberdeen apartment building was arrested Sunday, the Office of the State Fire Marshall said.

David Allen Weglein Jr., of the 1400 block of Cranberry Road in Aberdeen, was arrested by Harford County Sheriffs and served by Maryland State Troopers for his attempt to use an accelerant to start a fire on the second floor of the Perrywood Garden Apartments. He was charged with attempted first-degree arson, attempted second-degree malicious burning, and reckless endangerment. He is currently being held without bond at Harford County Detention Center.

The Office of the State Fire Marshall said Weglein attempted to set the fires after 9:30 p.m. on April 4. He gained access to the apartment complex and was seen on surveillance footage carrying a can of flammable liquid, suspected to be gasoline. Weglein is then seen laying a blanket down and pouring the suspect gas on it. He makes several attempts to light the blanket but fails, eventually leaving the building and discarding the blanket and fuel container outside of the apartment complex.