Man Attempts to Set Woman on Fire


Lamar Thomas

Mount Vernon Police District – Officers were called to the 2600 block of Arlington Drive today, at about 8:20 a.m. for the report of a man who had allegedly tried to set a woman on fire. Officers met with the victim, a 26-year-old woman from Fort Washington, Maryland.

The initial investigation determined that the victim went to the home of a 26-year-old man, who is the father of her 1-year-old child, with the intent of dropping the child off as usual, so she could go to work. When she got to the man’s home on Arlington Drive, he jumped in her car and an argument started. The man then poured a flammable liquid on her and then attempted to set the liquid on fire. The victim jumped out of her car and ran. The suspect initially ran after her, but her screams eventually attracted attention and the suspect ran away. The victim was not injured. The suspect, Lamar Thomas, was found a short time later, at his home. He was arrested and taken to the Adult Detention Center where he was charged with attempted malicious wounding and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The 1-year-old child remained inside the car during the incident and was not injured.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637) or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Please continue to monitor our Twitter platform, @fairfaxpolice and our blog, for the latest information.