Police: DC man tried to set victim on fire

A man threatened to light someone on fire after dousing them in gasoline near the U.S. National Arboretum in Northeast Friday night.

A detective, driving on Bladensburg Road, Northeast, saw Seymour Brown Jr., 46, of Northeast D.C., pour gasoline on the victim and threaten to set them on fire around 11 p.m., according to a news release from D.C. Police.

Police say Brown held a cigarette lighter and said “I’m going to burn you,” to the victim, who they identified as a woman.

Brown also was holding two sets of gardening shears with blades “that appeared to be longer than 3 inches,” according to police.

Police arrested Brown at the scene, and he was charged with assault with intent to kill and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Below is a map of where the incident occurred.

Hugh Garbrick

Hugh graduated from the University of Maryland’s journalism college in 2020. While studying, he interned at the Queen Anne & Magnolia News, a local paper in Seattle, and reported for the school’s Capital News Service. Hugh is a lifelong MoCo resident, and has listened to the local radio quite a bit.

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