An Aberdeen man has been charged with attempted arson and related charges after Deputy State Fire Marshals accused him of trying to start a fire within an occupied apartment building.
David Allen Weglein, 27, of the 1400 block of Cranberry Road, was arrested Sunday and charged with attempted first-degree arson, attempted second-degree malicious burning and reckless endangerment. He is being held without bond at the Harford County Detention Center.
At about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, the Aberdeen Fire Department responded to Perrywood Garden Apartments in the 200 block of Mayberry Drive for a reported fuel leak.
Firefighters discovered a large puddle of suspected gasoline on the second floor of the apartment building when they arrived, according to a news release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. While investigating the source of the fuel, they found possible items related to the incident including an empty plastic gasoline container outside the building. Firefighters asked the fire marshal to investigate.
Deputy State Fire Marshals observed a suspect on surveillance video, later identified as Weglein, enter the apartment building at about 9:30 p.m. Weglein placed a blanket on the floor, doused the blanket with a flammable liquid and attempted to ignite both, the fire marshal’s office said. Weglein left the apartment complex and discarded the blanket and fuel container just outside the building.