UPDATE (March 22, 2017 11:20 a.m.):
Thanks to the public assistance in locating this witness valuable information was obtained, leading detectives to identify an 11-year-old boy as the suspect.
The boy is charged with Attempted 1st Degree Arson, 1st Degree Malicious Burning, Reckless Endangerment, and 2nd Degree Malicious Burning after setting multiple fires in the Arbutus Wal-Mart, causing a store-wide evacuation. One Wal-Mart employee was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor smoke inhalation. Wal-Mart estimates a loss of $10,000 in destroyed property from the fires, including perishable food items that were discarded due to the smoke from the fires.
Original Release (March 21, 2017 4:03 p.m.):
Baltimore County Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a witness who may have information on an unknown suspect who set multiple small fires inside an Arbutus Wal-Mart this morning.
Fire and police personnel responded to the Wal-Mart at 3601 Washington Boulevard at 11:08 a.m. after the business was evacuated when multiple small fires were set in different areas of the building. The fires were extinguished by employees. One person was transported to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.
Police believe the woman depicted below, wearing a white sweatshirt with “Vermont” printed on the front, may have unwittingly been witness to a portion of the events and have valuable information. She was seen leaving in what is believed to be an older model Chevrolet Malibu with an unknown Maryland tag.
Anyone with information on the identity of this witness or possible suspect information is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.
This incident continues to be investigated by the Baltimore County Police Fire Investigation Division.