Edgewood man accused of burning down 'homeless structure' behind church

An Edgewood man is accused of burning down a "makeshift homeless structure" behind an Edgewood church, the Office of the State Fire Marshal reported Tuesday.

Luis Colon Jr., 20, has been charged with arson after he allegedly burned the complex down while holding a fellow resident at gunpoint Feb. 11, according to a notice of investigation.

Harford Sheriff's deputies originally responded to New Hope Christian Fellowship, in the 2000 block of Watergate Court, at about 8 p.m., according to the notice.

A joint investigation with the Sheriff's Office and State Fire Marshal determined Colon held Raul Espinoza, another resident of the encampment, at gunpoint while he set the structure on fire.

The structure, which consisted of plastic and boxes, belonged to Jose Martinez, 47, according to the notice.

After allegedly setting the fire, Colon allegedly threatened Espinoza and ran away, according to the notice.

Members of the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department extinguished the fire "within minutes."

No one was injured in the incident.

Colon has been charged with first-degree arson and second-degree arson, second-degree malicious burning, first-degree assault and second-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure and three counts of arson threat.

He is being held at the Harford County detention center on $250,000 bond.

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