Two arrested in South Baltimore firebombing attempt

Men face arson charges in attack on Brooklyn home that held 7

May 19, 2011|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

Two men have been arrested and charged in a failed firebombing at a South Baltimore home where a 2-month-old boy was among the seven occupants, police said.

Officers responded to the 500 block of Baltic Ave. in Brooklyn about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday after occupants reported that they had heard knocking at their back door and saw two men with a knife and a club. They called 911, and the pair fled.

They two returned shortly after and threw a Molotov cocktail that struck a first-floor rear window but failed to ignite the accelerant. Police were led to a vacant home in the nearby 500 block of Arsan Ave., where the suspects were taken into custody.

Christopher Ashbrook, 22, of the 500 block of Arsan Ave. and William Foxwell, 40, of the 4400 block of Ritchie Highway were charged with first-degree arson, malicious burning, possession of a destructive device and reckless endangerment. Ashbrook, who faced attempted arson charges that were dropped last year, was being held without bond. Foxwell was being held on $1 million bail.

Seven people, including a 2-year-old boy and a 2-month-old boy, were inside the home. The motive for the attack was not immediately clear, police said.

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