Prince George’s Co. police ID suspect who set pregnant woman on fire

WASHINGTON — Prince George’s County police has identified the man who set a woman on fire in a Capitol Heights, Maryland, house.

Thirty-four-year-old Laquinn Phillips, of Southeast D.C., was arrested Friday for starting a fire in a second-floor apartment in a three-story building on the 1400 block of Elkwood Lane.

The pregnant victim was critically burned on a large part of her body but was able to identify Phillips as the person who set her on fire, a police spokesman said.

Prince George’s County police spoke to Phillips and he agreed to turn himself in. D.C. police arrested him outside of his home on Ridgecrest Court. He is charged with first- and second-degree arson, assault and other additional charges.

Emergency crews rushed the victim to Medstar Washington Hospital Center, where doctors delivered her baby. She and the child are alive but are both in critical condition.

Police are investigating Phillips’ motive for setting the fire.


Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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