ARLINGTON, Va. – An Arlington man has been arrested and charged for his involvement in a fire in the 5500 block of Columbia Pike. Demetrius Antonio Taylor, 27, of Arlington, VA was arrested and charged with felony arson, felony child endangerment, felony destruction of property, felony assault on law enforcement (x2), and misdemeanor assault and battery. He is being held in the Arlington County Detention Facility on no bond.
At approximately 11:18 a.m. on August 5, 2017, Arlington County Police officers were dispatched to the 5500 block of Columbia Pike for the report of a possible kitchen fire. Arlington County Fire Department and medical personnel were on scene and evacuating the building when police arrived. The investigation revealed that following a verbal dispute, the suspect physically assaulted a known female victim. During the assault, the suspect lit a carpeted floor mat on fire causing fire and smoke to fill the apartment. The suspect then pushed an infant in a stroller towards the fire. The suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival and the victim was able to safely retrieve the infant and exit the apartment before the fire spread. The female victim and infant were evaluated by medics on scene.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., police received information that the suspect had returned to the area. The suspect was taken into custody in the area of Columbia Pike at South Frederick Street without incident. The suspect was transported to the Arlington County Police Department and, while in an interview room, became combative and kicked through a wall. The suspect also spat at the officers and made physical threats against them.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Detective N. Brooks of the Arlington County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit at 703-228-4169 or NKbrooks@arlingtonva.us. Information may also be provided anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).