Glenn Dale – A 53-year-old Glenn Dale man has been arrested and charged with arson after he barricaded himself inside his house and set the house on fire.
Prince George's County Fire Investigators on Friday arrested and charged David Clarence Coley with first- and second-degree arson and first- and second-degree malicious burning. If convicted on all charges, Coley can face up to 60 years in prison.
On Thursday morning, Prince George's County law enforcement officials attempted to remove Coley from his house in the 11500 block of Prospect Place in Glenn Dale as a result of a divorce hearing, but when Coley opened the door he told officials he was not coming out and barricaded himself inside the house.
While inside the house, Coley started a fire on the top floor of the two-story house, which extended into the attic area of the dwelling.
A hostage negotiator was called to the scene and began talking to the man through the front door, said Colonel Darrin Palmer of the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials said after a few minutes Coley exited the house and was placed under arrest by the county sheriff's department.
As Coley was being placed under arrest, firefighters from the county fire department were able to enter the house and extinguish the fire.
Medics treated the adult male suspect for minor injuries and he was transported with law enforcement officials to a local hospital for treatment.
Fire Investigators from the Prince George’s County Office of the Fire Marshal and deputy sheriffs conducted a joint investigation and determined that the suspect set multiple fires in the residence using an accelerant. The cause of the fire has been classified as “incendiary” with an estimated fire loss of $80,000.
Coley has been remanded to the Department of Correction and being held on a $100,000 bond.