Arsonist burns Ellicott City man, car

November 13, 1997|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

Howard County police are looking for a man who set an Ellicott City resident on fire yesterday before setting his victim's car ablaze.

Howard police spokesman Sgt. Steven Keller said Randy Anthony Furr, 23, of the 4800 block of Montgomery Road was doused with lighter fluid and set on fire after a confrontation with a stranger who knocked at Furr's bedroom window in the middle of the night.

According to a police report, Furr was awakened by a persistent knocking at his bedroom window at 1: 40 a.m. Furr said he heard someone outside threaten to damage his car and went outside to investigate.

After climbing out of the window, Furr confronted the man, who appeared to be holding a lighter and a bottle of flammable liquid, Keller said.

Police said Furr lunged at the man and was set on fire. Furr climbed back through the window into the house to get help from his housemates, who extinguished the flames.

The stranger then ignited Furr's car and fled, police said. The vehicle was burned beyond recognition.

Furr was taken to Francis Scott Key Burn Center in Baltimore, where he was treated for first- and second-degree burns on his chest and arms and released.

The attacker is described as a dark-haired male in his 20s or 30s, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. Furr said the man was wearing jeans, a baseball cap and a Baltimore Ravens jacket.

Furr told police he believes his attacker may be a man with whom he had an argument while skateboarding in Columbia's Town Center village last week. Otherwise, police know of no motive for the incident, Keller said yesterday.

If caught, the man will be charged with first-degree assault and arson, Keller said.

Pub Date: 11/13/97

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