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Two arrested and charged in relation to Monday morning arson incident

22 July 2020 Front Royal/Warren County News


Early Monday morning, Warren County Fire and Rescue Services responded to a reported vehicle fire at Mary’s Shady Lane approximately one mile from Happy Creek Road.

Firefighters found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames, with fire spreading to a nearby field. The fire was quickly contained.

Investigators from the Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire was started by an act of arson. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.

Ethan N. Potter, 19, and Nicholas A. Wright, 21, both of Front Royal, were arrested and charged in connection to the incident. Potter and Wright were both charged with a single felony county of §18.2-81. Burning or destroying personal property, standing grain, etc.

Wright was also charged with a single misdemeanor count of §18.2-460. Obstructing justice; resisting arrest; fleeing from a law enforcement officer.

Both Potter and Wright appeared before a magistrate and were released on a secured bond.

Individuals with additional information regarding the incident is asked to contact Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico at 540-636-3830 or Sheriff’s Office Deputy Anthony Stevens at 540-635-4128.

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