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Father and Son Charged with Lexington Park Arson

Lawrence Dwayne Nelson, 43, -, Daeshaun Dwayne Nelson, 21

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. - With the assistance of Troopers assigned to the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack, Deputy State Fire Marshals arrested a father and son yesterday on charges of arson.

Lawrence Dwayne Nelson, 43, and his son, Daeshaun Dwayne Nelson, 21, of Lexington Park, are each charged with 1st and 2nd Degree Arson.

On September 13, 2020, at approximately 5:15 p.m., Bay District Volunteer Fire Department responded for a reported structure fire at 20540 Ridge Road in Lexington Park. Upon firefighters' arrival, they discovered a shed on fire, which subsequently extended into the adjacent home at 20544 Ridge Road. It took fifteen firefighters ten minutes to control the blaze. Investigators estimate the fire caused $70,000.00 in damages.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Regional Office, was requested to investigate, and Deputy State Fire Marshals determined the fire was an intentional act. Witnesses reported observing two subjects in the area before the fire. During the course of the investigation, those two suspects were identified, and charges were filed. Both the elder Nelson and his son were arrested without incident and transported to St. Mary's County Detention Center. Both are currently being held without bond.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Regional Office, consists of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's counties.

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