On November 24, 2023, at approximately 9:13 p.m., officers with the Frederick Police Department responded to 2200 Block of Waller House Ct. for a reported domestic disturbance. The caller reported a disturbance, stating that his neighbors were engaged in an altercation and a male was locked out of the residence. The male, who was on the back deck, was heard yelling threats to burn everything down and harm everyone. The caller witnessed the male using a chair to break a glass window or door on the back deck.
Upon arrival, officers immediately identified damage to the rear door on the back deck of the home. Heavy smoke was observed inside the residence, and FCDFRS was called to the scene. While assessing the situation, additional officers initiated the evacuation of nearby townhouses connected to the residence on fire.
Patrol officers conducted multiple interviews with witnesses and the homeowner, who was not at the residence when the fire began. During the investigation, it was determined that the homeowner observed a male known to her, Byron Alton Bowie (DOB 12-24-1975), approach her residence via her Ring doorbell. Bowie was observed breaking into the home on the ring camera just before the fire started.
Shortly after, officers from the Frederick Police Department located Bowie nearby, wearing the exact same clothing as seen in the Ring doorbell footage. Bowie was taken into custody without incident.
The Frederick County Fire Marshal's Office led the investigation on scene while the State Fire Marshall responded with a K-9 who detected accelerant inside the residence. It was determined that the suspect used an accelerant agent to start the fire inside of the residence. Bowie was transported to the FCADC and received 17 charges in relation to this incident.
Malicious Burning to a Dwelling
Malicious Burning to a Structure
Malicious Burning to a Dwelling W/Damage exceeding $1000.00.
Threaten Verbally to Burn a Structure
Break and Enter the Dwelling to Commit a Crime of Violence
Break and Enter the Dwelling to Commit a Crime
Break and Enter a Dwelling
Recklessly Engage in Conduct That Created a Substantial Risk of Death or Serious Physical Injury ( 9 Counts)
Arresting Officer: J. Haynie
Date: November 24, 2023
Incident Type: Arson
Incident Case Number: 23-096142
Author of Release: Sgt. Jeffrey Gunder
PIO Contact: Samantha Long firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-586-0462