Arrest made in connection to attempted arson in Wicomico Co.
SALISBURY, Md. – The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office says an investigation into an attempted arson has led to one arrest.
At around 10:20 p.m. Thursday, officials from the Salisbury Fire Department responded to an odor investigation at 203 Washington Street in Salisbury. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office was also called to conduct an origin & cause investigation, learning that the odor was an unknown ignitable liquid that was poured onto and around the front porch of the home.
Further investigation led police to identify 40-year-old Melvin Godinez as the person responsible. Witnesses reported seeing Godinez pour a liquid and try to ignite the liquid with a cigarette lighter. It was also learned through investigation that there was a civil dispute between Godinez and the occupant of the residence.
Godinez was arrested at the scene and was charged with attempted first degree arson and two counts of reckless endangerment. Officials say if he is convicted of all charges, he faces 40 years in prison and/or $60,000 in fines.