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Man charged with arson, attempted murder faces additional charges

June 11, 2012
  • Karl McNutt
Hagerstown Police Department

HAGERSTOWN — A Hagerstown man accused of trying to burn down a house Thursday while someone was inside faces additional charges, according to a news release issued Monday by the city of Hagerstown.

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

Authorities alleged that Karl McNutt, 47, tried to burn down the house by igniting clothing on the front porch, then fled before police and firefighters arrived.

The following day, McNutt allegedly called the house multiple times, stating he was going to return, kill an occupant and burn down the house, according to the release.

The Hagerstown Fire Marshal’s Office and the Hagerstown Police Department responded to the house three times Friday as a result of McNutt’s calls, the release said.

McNutt initially was charged with first-degree arson, attempted second-degree murder, second-degree malicious burning, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property under $500, according to the release.

The additional charges are two counts of threatening arson, harassment and telephone misuse, the release said.

McNutt, whose last known address was 817 Virginia Ave., was found at about 8:30 p.m. Friday at a bus terminal in Baltimore, according to city police.

City investigators received a tip about McNutt’s location.

Hagerstown Police worked with the Baltimore Police Department and Maryland State Police on the arrest.

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