- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Prince George’s County man was charged with attempted murder for breaking into the home of a family member, dousing it with a flammable liquid and then throwing a Molotov cocktail inside the house, police said Wednesday.

Deanthony Nathan Bagley, 23, of the 600 block of 64th Avenue in Seat Pleasant has been charged with five counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault, five counts of first-degree arson and one count of second-degree arson. He was being held without bond Wednesday at the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections.

Authorities say the incident unfolded at about 5:55 a.m. Tuesday morning, when a family was inside a home in the 5500 block of Lanham Station Road in Lanham.

Mr. Bagley, the half brother of one of the family members inside the house, broke into the residence and poured a flammable liquid throughout the house while the family was sleeping, police said. One of the family members, identified only as a 32-year-old man, awoke to what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail being thrown to the second level of the home, igniting in flames.

The man confronted Mr. Bagley in the home. The two struggled and Mr. Bagley pulled out a knife and cut the man, police said. During the struggle, a woman who was also inside the home, hit Mr. Bagley with an object and he fled.

The 32-year-old man was treated for minor injuries. Five other family members escaped the home and were not hurt.

Mr. Bagley was located a short time later at a Prince George’s county hospital, where he was arrested and charged after being treated for a minor injury, police said.

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