MCFRS News Release

Fire Investigators Arrest Woman for Attempted Murder

Thanksgiving Day Fire Temporarily Displaces Dozens of Residents

Montgomery County Fire and Explosive Investigators have arrested and charged a Clinton, Maryland (Prince George's County) woman with attempted murder and an assortment of other arson related charges for her involvement starting fire in an occupied Gaithersburg apartment building in the early morning on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 2007.

Montgomery County Fire Investigators have arrested Krystal Wilcox, age 22, of Clinton, Maryland. She is being charged with First and Second Degree Attempted Murder, First Degree Arson, Threat of Arson, multiple counts of Reckless Endangerment, Use of a Destructive Device (incendiary) and First Degree Malicious Burning. In addition, Ms. Wilcox had been wanted for her November 21, 2007 involvement at the same Gaithersburg apartment. In that incident she was wanted for Assault as well as Breaking and Entering. She was processed at the Central Processing Unit, in Rockville. She is currently detained.

On Thursday, November 22, 2007 around 4:40 a.m. units from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service responded to 14 Crestwood Drive, in Gaithersburg, Maryland for the report of a building fire. First arriving firefighters at the Crestwood Apartments encountered a fire in the living room of a first floor apartment. It appeared as though a 'incendiary device' had been thrown through a window. Upon arrival of firefighters the fire was quickly contained and was confined the apartment of origin and extinguished. The entire building was evacuated and dozens of people were temporarily displaced. There were no injuries. Damage was estimated to be $10,000.

Fire and Explosive Investigators with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene. Ms. Krystal Wilcox was quickly developed as a person of interest. It was learned that the day before, Wednesday, November 21, 2007 she broke into her ex-boyfriend's Crestwood Drive apartment through a window. She allegedly attacked the man with a box cutter. He was able to hold her off and retreated to a safe area elsewhere in the apartment. She threatened him as she left the apartment. Gaithersburg City Police issued a warrant for her arrest on various assault and other charges.

Just after 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 22, 2007 she apparently returned to 14 Crestwood Drive and threw an 'incendiary device' through the same window she had entered the day before. A fire erupted in the room and spread to some furniture.

Fire and Explosive Investigators had attempted to locate her at her home on Thursday, November 22, but to no avail. They left information that she was wanted by Montgomery County and Gaithersburg officials. She turned herself in on the open Gaithersburg warrant, in Montgomery County. On Friday, November 23, 2007, Montgomery County Fire and Explosive Investigators issued additional charges and she was arrested and processed on the arson related activity.