Severn man arrested, charged with starting blaze

April 30, 1996

County police arrested a Severn man Saturday on charges that he started a fire in a trash bin along Hospital Drive.

David Wilson Hall, 44, of the 700 block of Old Donaldson Ave. was charged with arson.

Officer Gregory Huck had taken the man to North Arundel Hospital about 7: 30 a.m. after the man received several cuts and bruises in a fight.

At the hospital, the man became disorderly, and officials ordered him to leave. Officer Huck saw the man walking toward Southgate Pharmacy in the 300 block of Hospital Drive about 7: 45 a.m., police said.

About four minutes later, the man went into the pharmacy and was disruptive, witness told police. After shouting obscenities, he walked outside to a trash bin, stuck his head inside then walked away, witnesses said. A passer-by saw smoke coming from the trash bin.

When Officer Ross R. Passman broadcast a description, Officer Huck recognized it as that of the man he left at the hospital, police said. Officer Huck found a suspect a short distance away. He arrested him, and took him back to the scene. Witnesses identified him as the man they saw in the pharmacy and near the trash bin. Police found a book of matches in the man's pockets.

Pub Date: 4/30/96

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