Arson suspect accused of terrorizing Gaithersburg apartment community
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Maryland (FOX 5 DC) – A Montgomery County man faces multiple counts, including three counts of first-degree arson and reckless endangerment for actions such as attempting to set fire to the doors of her apartment. a neighbour.
Online court information shows Nong Gosakwattana, 39, was arrested on warrant after Montgomery County police and a fire investigator responded to a complaint filed at the Gaithersburg apartment complex on the 400 block of North Frederick Avenue.
Investigators say that on June 10, occupants of an apartment said they were inside their unit when they heard someone coming up the stairs.
The resident reportedly turned to their front door to see a flash of flame entering their apartment from below. Investigators say the man opened the door and quickly put out the fire, identifying Gosakwattana as the suspect.
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When FOX 5 spoke to neighbors at the complex, they said a second apartment door was also targeted, around June 8, investigators said, but those neighbors claimed it was not half.
“Now we can feel safe and sleep at night. We’ve been asking management for help for at least five to six months and they haven’t given us any response, âsaid one of the building’s longtime neighbors who asked not to be identified.
She and others claim the suspect has been “terrorizing” his neighbors since at least Christmas and has described several incidents in which first responders had to be called.
A video shared with FOX 5 appears to show SWAT entering the suspect’s house. Neighbors say they called police after allegedly seeing the suspect walking around the compound with a gun. They also accused the suspect of shooting at the front doors.
Neighbors also described calling the fire department over a strong smell of gas. We are told that the Fire Marshal discovered open gasoline containers in the suspect’s apartment.
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Montgomery County Fire and Police Departments have yet to confirm responding to the two earlier incidents, as neighbors claim.
Gaithersburg tenants told FOX 5 they also reported other issues to management, but they were apparently told the suspect could not be evicted due to COVID-19 moratoria on evictions.
FOX 5 has also contacted the owner and management company of the building. The two have been identified as the Montgomery County Housing Partnership and Residential One, respectively.
“Very annoying. This is the day my door was touched. I – it was terrifying because someone could have – family members or I could have tried to leave the house,” said one. another neighbor who asked not to be identified.
Gosakwattana faces a charge for damage caused after shooting at an apartment door with a BB pistol.
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Court documents say Gosakwattana admitted the burn marks on the apartment doors while claiming he heard voices and received treatment at several hospitals.
Neighbors showed FOX 5 the dark and broken windows in the suspect’s apartment.
Inside, court documents say investigators observed several holes in interior walls made with fists, BBs and knives. He also accused this damage and the removal of a smoke detector in a room.
An investigator also confirmed that Gosakwattana was given 30 days’ notice to vacate the property.
No family member could be reached on Wednesday.
A preliminary hearing is set for July 16.