Police: Second man helped set pregnant Md. woman on fire

WASHINGTON — A Maryland woman who was set on fire has identified a second man responsible for the September attack which forced her to deliver her baby early.

Though the woman is still in critical condition, she was able to identify Johnathan Miller III, 27, as the second person who set her and her Capitol Heights apartment on fire, according to court documents. Investigators showed the woman a photo of Miller and she confirmed his identity, the documents show.

Miller, who lives in Temple Hills, Maryland, is now facing multiple charges including attempted first-degree murder, arson and assault.

“The victim informed detectives that she knew this second individual as ‘Will; and that she has associated with him approximately five different times. Detectives were able to identify ‘Will’ as Johnathan Edward Miller,” court documents said.

Witnesses told police on Sept. 8, the pregnant victim ran out of her apartment engulfed in flames. The woman was able to call her mother to say her boyfriend Laquinn Phillips poured gasoline on her while she was in the bathtub and set her on fire, court documents stated. Investigators believe Miller helped Phillips in the attack.

“It’s nonsense,” said Phillips’ attorney, J. Wyndal Gordon, referencing the victim’s timeline of events.

“I am critical of the Prince George’s County Police Department in its investigation of this matter,” Gordon said. “I think it’s been extremely unprofessional at this point. And their tactics are downright dirty.”

Phillips and the victim had argued about having the baby, according to court documents charging Phillips. The baby was delivered at 33 weeks and is healthy, according to prosecutors. Phillips is also facing multiple charges including attempted murder and arson.

This article was written by WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters and republished with permission. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today.

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