MCFRS News Release

Three 15-Year Olds Arrested for Setting Fire

Youths Also Charged with Vandalism

Three (3) fifteen year old Montgomery Village boys have been arrested and charged for their involvement in a fire that occurred earlier this week in the 19500 block of Club House Road, in Montgomery Village. They are also implicated in the vandalism of numerous vehicles in the 19300 block of Watkins Mill Road on the same date.

Around 3:00 a.m. on Monday, May 29, 2006 units from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service responded for an outside fire at 19570 Club House Road, near the Pathway Child Development Center, Gaithersburg. First arriving firefighters from the nearby Gaithersburg-Washington Grove, Fire Station #8, encountered plastic playground equipment, wooden fencing and some associated landscaping on fire. The fire was quickly controlled and extinguished. There were no injuries.

A short time later, numerous vehicles in an adjacent parking lot at 19301 Watkins Mill Road were found to have been “egged”. Fire and Explosive Investigators from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service determined that the origin of the fire on Club House Road was suspicious. Damage to the playground equipment belonging to the Pathway Child Development Center is estimated to be about $1500. The fire and nearby vandalism were determined to be associated.

Upon further investigation, Montgomery County Fire Investigators developed leads and several people of interest. Information provided by witness observations and other sources led to the identification of the three 15 year-old suspects. Montgomery County Department of Police and security personnel assigned to the Montgomery County Public School System assisted Montgomery County Fire and Explosive with the investigation.

All three (3) males were arrested at their Montgomery Village homes, in Gaithersburg on June 1, 2006. Each has been charged with First Degree Malicious Burning and numerous counts of Malicious Destruction of Property. All three are in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Services and are being detained at the Noyes Juvenile Detention Center, in Rockville.