Man waives bail review after arrest on arson charge Suspect targeted home of ex-girlfriend, police say

August 02, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An 18-year-old man accused of setting fire Monday to the home of his former girlfriend and their son waived a bail review hearing Friday.

Chris Lee Myers, who has no fixed address but has lived in the Westminster, New Windsor and Taneytown areas, was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $130,000 bail, including $50,000 on arson charges, court records showed.

Myers was captured Thursday afternoon after an intensive three-day search in woods west of the Carroll County Farm Museum outside Westminster, several miles from the fire scene.

Maryland State Police said in charging documents that Myers confessed to pouring gasoline on walls inside and outside a garage attached to the house of David Hommerbocker in the 2800 block of Graybill Court in New Windsor on Monday. Hommerbocker is the father of Kelly Hommerbocker, 18, Myers' former girlfriend. None of the five people in the house were injured during the incident, authorities said.

Earlier that day, Kelly Hommerbocker said Myers argued with and threatened her. The two had been in a relationship for four years and have a 15-month-old son, she said.

Myers is also charged with five counts each of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property, and one count of attempted malicious destruction of property. He also is charged with burglary and theft in unrelated incidents that allegedly occurred in Taneytown and New Windsor since Jan. 1, court records show.

Pub Date: 8/02/98

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