From the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal:
Deputy State Fire Marshals charged Luis Colon, Jr. (20) with multiple arson related charges after determining he was responsible for intentionally burning down a makeshift homeless structure located behind the New Hope Christian Fellowship of United Methodist Church. The church is located at 2048 Watergate Court in Edgewood.
The incident originally occurred on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at approximately 8:00 p.m. A joint investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Harford County Sheriff’s Office revealed Jose Martinez (47) and Raul Espinoza (47) resided in two makeshift structures behind the church. Investigators determined Luis Colon, Jr. held Raul Espinoza at gun point while he set fire to the structure belonging to Jose Martinez. Colon then threatened Raul and ran off of the premises.
Members of the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department responded and extinguished the one alarm blaze within minutes after arrival. No injuries were reported during the incident.
Colon was taken into custody at his residence in Edgewood today without incident. He has been charged with 1st & 2nd Degree Arson, 2nd Degree Malicious Burning, 1st & 2nd Degree Assault, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Injure and (3) counts Arson Threat. Colon is detained at the Harford County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.