CHARLES COUNTY, MD (February 13, 2018)  – A Deputy State Fire Marshal has arrested a St. Mary’s County man after he attempted to set fire to a one-story single family dwelling in La Plata owned by his girlfriend.

            On February 11, 2018, at approximately 6:25 pm, the owner arrived home with her son and observed forced entry to her residence along with a strong odor of kerosene.  The owner contacted 911 and due to the strong odor of kerosene, La Plata Fire Department responded to the call along with La Plata Police Department.   It was determined that the kerosene was poured around the exterior of the residence and there was no fire damage.

           During the joint investigation with La Plata Police Department, it was determined that the owner had broken up with Sean Michael Rice (30) of 29553 Arlington Court, Mechanicsville, St. Mary’s County earlier that day.   As a result of that investigation, Mr. Rice was taken into custody by St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Office at his home around midnight on February 12, 2018, and was transported to Charles County Detention Center, by La Plata Police Department, without incident.

            The Deputy State Fire Marshal charged Mr. Rice with Attempted 2nd Degree Arson. There were six additional charges from La Plata Police Department with regards to this same incident.   Mr. Rice is currently being held at Charles County Detention Center on $2000 bond for the Arson charge.