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Man Set Fire to Row House to Punish Gay Resident: Police

One man was burned in a fire at a Brooklyn Park row house after another resident reportedly set the fire to punish gay men.

One man was burned in a fire at a Brooklyn Park row house after another resident reportedly set the fire to punish gay men. Credit: Anne Arundel County Fire Department
One man was burned in a fire at a Brooklyn Park row house after another resident reportedly set the fire to punish gay men. Credit: Anne Arundel County Fire Department

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.

Chuck Burton July 22, 2014 at 02:51 PM
As for Jesus' sexuality, who cares. He was simply a politician at odds with many of the practices of the regime in power, and it cost him his life on the cross. Possibly after an unexpected temporary recovery. He had some good ideas, like his opposition to the usurers, which was later adopted in Muslim practice.
jMichael July 22, 2014 at 03:24 PM
Chuck. You are correct. What many do not realize is that the Romans reserved crucifixion for political offenses. They gave not one hoot as to one's religious beliefs so long as they did not disrespect the Roman Gods... This because such disrespect would incur divine vengeance upon the Roman State.
Nadja Adolf July 22, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Uhyup. Which is why they finally rounded up all of the Jews and deported them to other places in the Empire. Every time the Romans attempted to add statues of their deities in the Jewish temple the Jews rioted. Roman practice was to add their own deities to existing temples; they had never encountered the sort of reaction they received in Judea.
Steven Spiegel July 22, 2014 at 06:02 PM
I don't understand this gay thing !! I say if you want to sin that's on the sinner him or herself !! The only thing I know is there was a story in the Bible that plagued the gays for there actions . Its up to the individual who is the gay person to decide how one wants to live there life. I have practiced tolerance and patients with everyone that I don't agree with , I also cant stand greedy people but as far as Gay people go as long as they don't force themselves on me and try to force me to accept and live there life style then I am ok but you let another man try to touch me in a gay manner and it will be the last thing he does !!!!!
Sal Anthony July 23, 2014 at 02:04 AM
Ok sweetie

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