Man, 65, charged in arsons

March 08, 1992|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff writer

A 65-year-old Essex man has been charged with vandalizing and twice trying to set fire to the home of a 74-year-old Harford County woman he had known for about six months.

Paul Donald Webb was charged Tuesday with breaking and entering, malicious destruction of property, fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest, and three counts of arson, Bob Thomas, a spokesman for the state Fire Marshal's Office, said yesterday.

Webb, a retired Bethlehem Steel worker, was being held at the Harford County Detention Center last week in lieu of $500,000 bond, Thomas said. He was stopped at about 5 a.m. Tuesday. Thomas said.

The suspect sustained a broken arm and a cut above his left eyebrow in the arrest, Thomas said.

The episode began about 3:30 p.m. Monday, when Webb allegedly vandalized the Joppatowne home in which Frances Lindner lives with Rita and James Miller, Thomas said.

Around 1 a.m. the next day. "Mr. Webb returned to the property, smashed the picture window at the front of the house and, using flammable liquid, set fire to the interior of the home and fled," Thomas said.

While we were initiating paperwork on a charge of arson, Mr. Webb returned to the scene a third time, and set fire to the exterior of the Millers' garage," Thomas said.

No one was injured in either fire, Thomas said. The first fire caused about $30,000 damage, and the second about $20,000.

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