Cambridge man arrested on attempted murder and arson charges


CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Deputy State Fire Marshals and  the Cambridge Police Department say a man was arrested a joint investigation revealed that he was the cause of car and house fire.

The Rescue Fire Company was called to the 100 block of  Mako Drive in Cambridge, Thursday afternoon at  around 12:20 p.m. for a report of a car fire. When firefighters arrived, they observed fire damage to a 2013 Nissan Altima, which was parked inside of the attached garage of the  residence.

We’re told it took 15 firefighters 21 minutes to get the fire under control. Due to the suspicious nature of the fire, firefighters requested the Office of the State Fire Marshal to conduct an origin and cause investigation.  Cambridge Police Department also responded to the scene and arrived prior to Deputy State Fire Marshals.

 Officials say witnesses on the scene identified 51-year-old Joe Winbush Jr., of Cambridge, as the possible suspect and he was immediately detained by Cambridge PD. The investigation revealed that Winbush was the former boyfriend of the car’s owner, Cheryl Gross, and determined him as the suspect. They also determined the cause of the fire to be arson. Officials say the fire caused approximately $1,000.00 in damages to the car and another $200.00 in damages to contents.

Winbush has been charged with the following crimes: Arson 1st Degree, Arson 2nd Degree, Malicious Burning 1st Degree, Threat of Arson, Malicious Destruction of Property over $1,000.00, Malicious Destruction of Property under $1,000.00, three counts of 1st Degree Assault, three counts of 2nd Degree Assault and Reckless Endangerment.

If convicted of these crimes, Winbush faces a maximum penalty of 188 years and 2 months in prison and $119,500 in fines. Winbush was also charged with Attempted 1st Degree Murder, which carries a sentence of life in prison. He is currently being held at the  Dorchester County Detention Center with no bond.

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