Arlington man arrested for Columbia Pike fire, pushing infant toward fire

Claudine Rigal
Août 7, 2017

A northern Virginia man is facing multiple charges, including arson and child endangerment, after authorities say he started a fire in an eight-story apartment building. Police say Taylor assaulted a woman with whom he was acquainted with in the home- and in the process, he set fire to a carpeted mat on the floor.

According to police, Taylor was involved in a verbal dispute at a home in the 5500 block of Columbia Pike. The woman was able to retrieve the infant and get out before the fire spread.

"The female victim and infant were evaluated by medics on scene", Arlington police said in a statement.

Taylor was arrested later Saturday around 4:30 p.m. after police were notified that he had returned to the area. Officers took Taylor into custody in the area of Columbia Pike and South Frederick Street without incident, police said, but he became combative in an interview room at the police department, kicking through a wall, spitting at officers and physically threatening them.

The incident is under investigation.

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