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Baltimore County Police have charged a Washington DC woman after she threw gasoline on her boyfriend and set his house on fire.

Lisa Lashell Finley (29) of the 700 block of Delafield Street in North-East Washington DC has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson, and first-degree assault. She is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Just before 5 p.m. on July 19, Baltimore County Police were called to a home in the 10800 block of Sherwood Hill Road in Owings Mills for a domestic. While they were still en route, officers were advised that the house was now on fire. When officers arrived on the scene, they met with the homeowner. He advised that Finley, who is his girlfriend, came to the location and threw gasoline on him. She then held a lighter and stated that she was going to kill him. He then fled the home.

The victim further stated that when he returned, he found a fire inside the home. The fire was extinguished by a sprinkler system.

Finley turned herself in at the Franklin Precinct Monday afternoon.

Booking Photograph for Lisa Lashell Finley

Original release (June 29 1:36 p.m.):

A Sunday morning fire in Hampton Village has left a woman deceased.

At 7:34 a.m., Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to a home in the 500 block of Valley View Road 21286 for a report of a fire. When fire personnel arrived on the scene, they saw smoke coming from the home.

Firefighters rescued the sole occupant of the home, a 58-year-old female, and transported her to St Josephs Medical Center where she was later declared deceased.

The fire was brought under control at 8:15 a.m. There were no reports of injuries to firefighters. Approximately 16 pieces of Baltimore County Fire Department equipment responded to the scene.

Based on results of the initial investigation, detectives believe the female rescued from the home intentionally started the fire.

Photograph courtesy of the Providence Volunteer Fire Company

UDPATE (June 4):

Robert McCann, the man charged in connection with a 2011 fire that left his mother deceased, has been returned to Maryland. He is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Booking Photograph of Robert McCann

Original release (May 29):

Baltimore County Police have charged a suspect in connection with the August 2011 fire in Halethorpe that left a woman deceased. The suspect is the victim’s son.

On August 25, 2011 at 2:41 a.m., Baltimore County Fire and Police personnel responded to a home in the 2200 block of Alletta Avenue 21227 for a report of a fire. When fire personnel arrived on the scene, they found fire and smoke coming from the home.

When police arrived on the scene, they met with 58-year-old Robert McCann, a resident of the home who had been sitting in a vehicle in the driveway. McCann, who had minor burns and soot on his hands, clothing, and face, told them that his mother was still inside the home.

When firefighters searched the home, they found 90-year-old Edna Marie McCann in a bedroom. She was declared deceased at the scene.

The investigation of the fire by the Baltimore County Police Department indicated that Robert McCann had intentionally started the fire. A warrant was obtained for his arrest on May 14 of this year.

Robert McCann moved to Delaware after the fire. The Delaware State Police took him into custody Thursday morning. He is currently in Delaware awaiting extradition back to Maryland.

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