Two Maryland men have been charged with attempted murder and arson in a February fire that forced 11 people from their homes and caused more than $300,000 in damage to two homes and a vehicle, authorities said.
Howard County fire and police personnel responded to the 6300 block of Loudon Avenue in Elkridge about 11:53 p.m. on Feb. 18, police said Friday.
They found that two of the home’s occupants had been injured jumping from the second story, while others had fled. One was taken to a hospital in critical condition and subsequently released.
Police charged Edvin Giovanni Ceron Reyes, 23, of Hyattsville and Santiago A. Gonzalez-Miner of Elkridge with 11 counts each of attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, as well as one count each of first- and second-degree arson and malicious burning.
The blaze started when the porch was set on fire, police said. Police think Gonzalez-Miner and Ceron Reyes started the fire in an attempt to kill the latter’s wife and an acquaintance while the couple was going through a divorce.