WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. (TCD) -- A 39-year-old contractor is accused of lighting a trailer on fire and barricading himself in a home he was working on.
According to the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal, David Wilhelm was at work at 20033 Cool Hollow Road when he reportedly "suddenly became agitated with the property owner." Wilhelm reportedly lives in a trailer behind the property, and he went inside to "intentionally set a mattress on fire inside the trailer's bedroom."
The Fire Marshal's statement said the Cool Hollow Road property owner called 911 and Wilhelm reportedly returned to the residence he was working on. The Washington County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police arrived on scene, and Wilhelm allegedly "threatened to burn the house down and attempted to pour gas inside a third-floor bedroom."
Law enforcement officials left the residence and Wilhelm barricaded himself inside. He ultimately agreed to surrender hours later and was arrested by Deputy State Fire Marshals.
According to the statement, Wilhelm said he was "having a bad day."
He was charged with first-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning, arson threat, and reckless endangerment. He was booked into the Washington County Detention Center without bond.