MCFRS News Release

Potomac Man Arrested for Arson

Possible domestic dispute leads arson

A 27-year old Potomac man was arrested on Sunday morning, December 24, 2006 for setting a vehicle on fire in Rockville. Jared Srole, age 27, of Seline Way, Potomac was arrested by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, Fire and Explosive Investigators at his home without incident.

Around 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, December 24, 2006 units from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service responded for the report of a car on fire in the unit block of Orchard Way North, in Rockville. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a 1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse fully engulfed in fire. The fire was quickly extinguished. There were no injuries. Damage was estimated to be $5,000. The cause of the fire was determined to have been intentionally set or arson. Fire and Explosive Investigators utilized the services of accelerant Detection canine (K-9) Mira and her partner.

The fire victim and owners of the burned vehicle and others provided Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, Fire and Explosive Investigators with information that led to a person of interest. K-9 Mira detected evidence of ignitable liquids being used at the scene to possibly start the fire. Investigators responded to the suspect’s home nearby on Seline Way, in Potomac.

After consent was granted by the homeowner, K-9 MIRA was used to search the suspect’s room and located clothing which contained effervescent evidence. K-9 MIRA also detected odor of ignitable liquid on the suspect himself. Fire and Explosive Investigators arrested the suspect, Jared Srole and transported him to Rockville Police Station. The suspect vehicle was also impounded. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, Fire and Explosive Investigators were assisted by Montgomery County Police and Rockville City Police. Mr. Srole was taken to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit, in Rockville.

Mr. Srole was arrested and charged by Montgomery County Fire and Explosive Investigators with Second Degree Arson, Malicious Burning – First Degree. Other Charges are pending.

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