Police Seek Man Who Set Another on Fire

Alleged arsonist fled in his burgundy 1994 Plymouth Voyager van

By Asha Beh
|  Sunday, Dec 6, 2009  |  Updated 3:30 PM EDT
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Police Seek Man Who Set Another on Fire

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office

Mashburn fled the scene in his 1994 Plymouth Voyager van.

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Police have put out a national bulletin looking for a 26-year-old man who allegedly set a 48-year-old Frederick man on fire and fled.

Joshua John Mashburn went to the victim's home at approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, doused the older man with gasoline and then lit him with an open flame, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene in the 5800 block of Oleander Place in Frederick at 4:07 a.m. and found the man suffering from serious burns to his head and torso. The victim was taken to Washington Hospital Center's Med-Star burn unit for treatment, and the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office and the Frederick County Fire Marshal's Office began a joint investigation of the incident.

According to Cpl. Gary Cline of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, Mashburn was an an acquaintance of the victim, who remains in critical condition.

Mashburn is wanted by the Frederick County Bureau of Investigations on charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson, burglary and reckless endangerment.

Law enforcement officials allege that Mashburn fled the scene in his burgundy 1994 Plymouth Voyager van, which bears the Maryland license plate 772167M. Investigators think Mashburn was also burned in the alleged attack. It is not known what direction he was heading.
 

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