An Anne Arundel County man reportedly told investigators that he set fire to a row house because Jesus told him to punish a gay man living in the house.
Firefighters were called to a fire in the basement of the house on Ballman Court in Brooklyn Park Monday morning. Nearly 30 firefighters were called to put out the blaze.
As a result of the fire, a 22-year-old man was taken to John Hopkins Burn Center with injuries, two other residents of the row house were displaced and $38,000 damage was done to the structure and contents.
Xavien Neal Pinkney, 23, of Brooklyn Park, who also lived in the row house, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, arson first degree, malicious burning first degree (two counts), malicious burning second degree, reckless endangerment (two counts) and destruction of property, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
Pinkney allegedly admitted setting the fire. He told investigators it was his responsibility to "get the gay out," the Capital-Gazette reports.
Fire Department spokesman Lt. Russ Davies told the newspaper that Pinkney admitted to starting the fire with the intention of burning the victim. He reportedly showed officials the lighter he said he had used to start the blaze.