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Essex Man Held in Early Morning Arsons

Justin Karmasek is currently being held without bail.

Police have arrested an Essex man in connection with several alleged arsons early Friday morning.

Justin Karmasek, 22, of the 900 block of North Marlyn Avenue is charged with one count of first-degree arson, three counts of second-degree arson, two counts of drug posession, two counts of theft valued at less than $100, one count of burglary and one count of fourth-degree theft. 

Police say that at 4:11 a.m. Friday morning, officers and fire crews found a fire set in a carport in the 100 block of Wiltshire Road, and a car and nearby attached garage on fire at a vacant home in the 100 block of Riverside Road.

Karmasek was arrested at the scene, according to police. He is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson.

Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to cite the correct Riverside street.

John September 14, 2012 at 11:06 PM
He should be charged with attempted murder!
Kelley Yoder September 14, 2012 at 11:27 PM
He needs 2 be put away 4 a long time. We are one of the victims he caused us alot of problems and it was Riverside road not Riverside drive.
Mandi Yoder September 14, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I am also a victim of the arson crime that involved the truck on Riverside Rd....its such a shame that we have to deal with actions such as this from homeless drug addicts that have nothing better to do than put peoples lives in danger. Not only did it affect our day to day lives, but it also affects our children's lives as well. I am NOT okay with that!! This guy needs a real wake up call!!! Everybody works hard for what they have, its so sad to see that all go up in flames in an instant. Not a good way to start off a morning!
Chillin September 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Another person with a history of crime and showing no signs of waking up. Someone please send him to jail before he accumulates more victims.
Marge Neal (Editor) September 15, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Thanks for the correction, Kelley. The correct street is now cited in the article.
Buzz Beeler September 15, 2012 at 02:30 PM
A good sentence of supervised probation should get him on the right track. Although the appointed public defender may opt for a plea deal and get credit for time served on the no bail. I wonder what his rap sheet looks like? Seriously, these people need to be off the street for a long long time.
Gladys Wooters September 16, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Supervised Probation Isn't The Answer!!!! Are you For Real ? He Needs To Be Locked Up & Put In Prison For The Rest Of His Life For Attempted Murder Among Other Charves!!!!!!!! HE's A Danger To Society. He Has No Respect For Human Life.!!!!!!!!
Buzz Beeler September 16, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Gladas, I was being facetious. In other words I was mocking the criminal justice system and all of it's flaws. Didn't mean to get you all riled up but sometimes you have to read between the lines to get the message.
britt k September 18, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Isnt America about being innocent until proven guilty??? just beacuse he was arrested doesnt mean he did it and he isnt homeless and no one really know s what happened. i know your all upset id be too trust me on that! but he aint that kind of person u all think he is all you know is what the news is tell ing you/. you cant always believe EVERTHING you read btw sorry about your proprerty and the damage i hope there is justice for that
Mandi Yoder September 21, 2012 at 06:08 PM
He is guilty in our case....he was caught right across the street at the house he was trying to burn down wearing my father in-laws jacket he stole right before he torched our truck! That seems pretty cut and dry on our end. Who cares if he was homeless or not...I really don't care. The fact is he put not only our lives in danger but my children's lives in danger too. I hope he spends a long time in jail, he should have thought about his actions before he decided to disrupt peoples lives the way he did. There is no forgiving coming from this family!!
Kelley Yoder September 21, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Britt until this happens 2 you you have no idea what it feels like 2 have 2 go through so some of your property can be replaced cause u don't get it all back and u think he's innocent until proven guilty this little punk had nothing better 2 do but make our lives a mess they need 2 keep him where he is cause the bitch of it is we didn't even know this punk so I say let him where he is let him suffer like we are
Manda November 25, 2012 at 07:24 PM
sounds like britt knows him personally. He deserves to stay in jail. It's sad that essex has come to this... nothing but crime and always watching your back wherever you go. People have no respect for anyone or their property anymore, and it has a lot to do with their upbringing. Parents don't seem to care about their kids or want to be involved in their life, so this kind of crap happens to US good people.

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