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A suspect has been arrested and charged with several crimes related to an incident involving a “Molotov Cocktail” that injured two store employees. At around 8:30 pm, Sunday, August 27, a person entered a liquor store in the 11700 block of Beltsville Drive in Beltsville with a container filled with an ignitable liquid and a lit product stuffed into the top of the container. The man is alleged to have thrown the destructive device inside the liquor store with flaming product striking two store employees and igniting combustibles on store shelves. The motive for this criminal act is currently part of the on-going investigation.
The suspect left the store, however, was quickly detained by an alert Prince George’s County Police Officer on routine patrol in the shopping center that witnessed the subject fleeing the scene.
Firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire and initiated treatment on the two adult males that sustained burn injuries. Both men were transported to a Burn Unit where one remains hospitalized with serious burn injuries. The second patient was treated and released.
Personnel from the Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal classified the fire as “incendiary” after conducting interviews, examination of evidence and a review of store security video. Fire loss is estimated at $2,000. Fire Investigators arrested Kevon Robert Edwards of Laurel, Maryland (DOB 11-23-1994). Edwards is charged with numerous crimes including; Attempted 1st degree murder, Attempted 2nd degree murder, Assault 1st degree, 2 counts of Assault 2nd degree, Arson 2nd degree, Reckless Endangerment and 4 counts of Destructive Device – manufacture/possess/distribute. Edwards is being held at the County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro without bond pending trial.
This incident remains an open and on-going criminal investigation by the Office of the Fire Marshal-Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.