Havre de Grace man arrested after Dumpster fire in Tydings Park

A Havre de Grace man was given a criminal citation Sunday for allegedly setting fire to a Dumpster in Tydings Park, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

It was the second Dumpster fire over the weekend. The first was set Saturday at Homestead Wakefield Elementary School in Bel Air, by an unknown suspect. Investigators said the two fires are not related.

Havre de Grace Police arrested Robert C. Hall, 32, of the 700 block of Erie Street, and charged him with setting the Tydings Park Dumpster on fire at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to Fire Marshal's Office news release.

The fire caused less than $1,000 in damage, the Fire Marshal's Release states.

Hall was found shortly after the fire was set and also was charged with possessing drugs, vandalism more than $500, an alcohol-related charge and disorderly conduct, according to the Fire Marshal's Office.

He was originally held on $10,000 bail in the Harford County Detention Center, according to the release.

Harford County District Court Judge John Dunnigan ordered Hall to be held without bail Tuesday after an assistant state's attorney said he has 21 prior arrests and 15 convictions for charges that include assault, escape, theft, vandalism and sex offense.

In a separate incident, a metal Dumpster was set on fire Saturday at 7:53 p.m. at Homestead-Wakefield Elementary off West MacPhail Road, according to a Fire Marshal's Office notice of investigation.

The fire was discovered by Bel Air Police during a routine patrol. It caused $100 in damage and the fire marshal's office said it was intentionally set.

Senior Deputy Derek Chapman, with the State Fire Marshal's Office, said Monday that Hall is definitely not suspected to be connected to the Bel Air incident.

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