PATRICK KNEISLEY

PATRICK KNEISLEY

CUMBERLAND — One person has been arrested and another identified as a suspect in connection with a series of arson fires that occurred recently on the downtown Cumberland Mall.

Patrick Levi Kneisley, 18, was charged with second-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning, two counts of second-degree malicious burning, attempted second-degree malicious burning and four counts of malicious destruction of property following his arrest Wednesday by the C3I Unit.

Following the arrest, Kneisley was jailed on $45,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, pending bail review in district court.

C3I investigators have reportedly identified another suspect and further arrests are pending in the ongoing investigation.

The charges against Kneisley stemmed from a series of early-morning fires that occurred on Oct. 15 at the Downtown Dollar store and Robert’s Confections and in a porta-pot at 1 Frederick Street. In addition, an attempt was made to start a fire in a vehicle in the George Street parking garage in the same time frame as the other fires. Investigations determined that all of the fires were intentionally set.

The investigation was conducted by the Cumberland police and fire departments, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office and the C3I Unit.

Kneisley was identified as a suspect through interviews of numerous witnesses and by video evidence. Recovered evidence also factored in the warrant that was issued for Kneisley’s arrest.

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