Boy Charged With Trying To Kill A Second Rival Suitor

Tate, 16, Accused Of Setting Arnold Home Ablaze

March 17, 1992|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

A 16-year-old Cape St. Claire boy, charged with killing a teen-ager in a dispute over a girl, has been charged with trying to kill the rival suitor of another former girlfriend by setting his house on fire.

Brian Arthur Tate was charged Friday with arson and attempted first-degree murder in a Nov. 8 blaze that damaged an Arnold home owned by Anthony Rogalski. Police say they believe the fire was set "to geteven" with Rogalski's 17-year-old son, Jimmy, for dating one of Tate's former girlfriends.

Tate, a former quarterback at Broadneck Senior High School, has been held in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center since Feb. 25 onfirst-degree murder charges in the stabbing death of Jerry Lee Haines, 19.

Although bail was set Friday at $100,000 in the murder case, Tate was charged hours later as an adult with attempted first-degree murder before he could post bond.

Yesterday District Judge Vincent Mulieri ordered Tate held without bond on the arson charge.

Tate is accused of setting fire to the Rogalski home, in the 1100 block of Silver Leaf Drive. No one was injured during the blaze, which caused $127,000 in damage.

Originally, the cause of the fire at the home was listed as undetermined, said fire department spokesman Capt. Gary Sheckells. But shortly before March 4, fire investigators received "written statements" about the fire, and investigators determined that the fire had been arson, Sheckells said.

Sheckells refused to say what information was contained in the statements or who wrote them. "Investigators believe the fire started in the basement of the house," Sheckells said.

Tate was visiting at the Rogalski home Nov. 8shortly before the fire broke out at 1:12 a.m., the charging documents said. Before he left the home, Tate went down to the basement, therecords said.

"The young Rogalski heard a crash and then saw a red or orange glow, and he realized it was a fire," Sheckells said. "Ashe was going down the hall to wake his family, the smoke detector went off."

According to investigators and charging documents, Tate ambushed Haines at about 11 p.m. Feb. 24 in front of his home, in the 1100 block of Summit Avenue.

Haines was stabbed more than 20 timesas he was get ting out of his truck. According to police, Tate dragged Haines' body into the backyard of a nearby home and buried it under a pile of leaves.

Charging documents in that case said a 16-year-old girl had begun dating Haines after a recent breakup with Tate.

Tate had threatened to kill Haines before, court records said. Investigators said Tate let his hatred for Haines be known by yelling obscenities at him and warning him to stay away from the 16-year-old girl.

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