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Hagerstown police capture man charged with arson, attempted murder

Karl McNutt was found at about 8:30 p.m. on Friday at a bus terminal in Baltimore

June 08, 2012
  • Karl McNutt
Hagerstown Police Department

HAGERSTOWN — City police said Friday night that they have captured a Hagerstown man accused of trying to burn a house down while someone was inside.

Karl McNutt, 47, whose last known address was 817 Virginia Ave., was found at about 8:30 p.m. on Friday at a bus terminal in Baltimore, the Hagerstown Police Department said in a news release.

City investigators had received a tip about McNutt’s location.
Hagerstown police worked with the Baltimore Police Department and Maryland State Police on the arrest.

He was charged in a warrant with one count each of first-degree arson, attempted second-degree murder, malicious burning, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and destruction of property, police said.

The Hagerstown Fire Department and city police officers were called Thursday at 11:20 p.m. to 817 Virginia Ave. for a report of a person who was lighting a fire at the residence.

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Authorities alleged that McNutt tried to burn down the house by igniting clothing on the front porch, then fled before police and firefighters arrived.

Police said McNutt contacted the occupants of the residence on Friday and threatened to harm them.

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