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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maryland

For Immediate Release

August 29, 2011

Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney

Contact: AUSA Vickie E. LeDuc or Marcia Murphy
410) 209-4885

Pikesville Man Pleads Guilty to the Attempted Arson of His Former Girlfriend’s Residence

Baltimore, Maryland – Al Darnell Moore, age 35, of Pikesville, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to attempted destruction of property by fire, in connection with the attempted arson of his former girlfriend’s residence.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Baltimore Field Division; Howard County Police Chief William McMahon; and Howard County State's Attorney Dario Broccolino.

According to Moore’s plea agreement, he was involved in a relationship with a 17 year old female who lived in a rental property in Columbia, Maryland. On January 1, 2011, Moore threatened the girl, telling her that she would not have a home to come back to, because he was distraught that she was ending their relationship.

On January 5, 2011, Moore took a bottle of gin, poured charcoal lighter fluid into the bottle, and placed a white cloth material to act as a wick in the opening of the bottle. Moore lit the wick of the improvised incendiary device (Molotov cocktail) and threw it toward the rear of the girl’s home, hitting the top portion of the plastic/vinyl fence that surrounds the back patio, where it dislodged the fencing and fell to the ground. The Molotov cocktail burned an area of the grass before it was extinguished by a resident of the home who smelled it burning from inside the residence. After lighting the wick of the Molotov cocktail, if the container had broken, it would have caused the vapors of the liquid to ignite and the potential for destruction to life and property was very high.

Moore faces a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar, has scheduled sentencing for November 3, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Howard County Police Department, and Howard County State's Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Judson T. Mihok, who is prosecuting the case.