SOMERSET CO., Md. - Two people have been indicted on arson charges, in connection with a March fire.
Deputy State Fire Marshals say they arrested 18-year-old Ryan Fries, and 18-year-old Branddon Willey, after they were indicted by a Somerset County Grand Jury on arson, and other related charges. According to the report, the charges stem from a March 25th, 2013 fire on Flower Hill Road, in Eden, where the front porch of a vacant two story, home was intentionally set on fire. Damages were estimated at $2,000. No one was injured.
Fries and Willey were charged with 1st degree arson, 1st, 3rd, and 4th degree burglary, 1st degree malicious burning, and malicious destruction of property. They are being held at the Somerset County Detention Center.
Officials say Fries and Willey are also waiting on court proceedings about two other fires of vacant homes, involving a third suspect, 23-year-old Stephen Schuckert. The two other reported arsons in Princess Anne, one on October 2nd on Fitzgerald Road, caused $10,000 in damages, and a second on October 3rd on Drawbridge Road, caused $60,000 in damages.
Investigators say the three were motivated by the excitement of setting the fires.