Apr 17 2015
MARYLAND MUSLIM man, Mansour Kouider Benkreira, 20, is charged with 3 counts of second-degree arson and one count of breaking and entering a car.
Bethesda Now MCFRS spokesperson Pete Piringer said investigators charged Mansour Benkreira with three counts of arson relating to the fires set on Wednesday morning in cars that were parked in driveways around the intersection of Wessling Lane and Glenbrook Road in Bethesda, MD. According to police charging documents, surveillance video from a home security system at 7001 Glenbrook Road caught Benkreira and an unidentified accomplice in the act.
The two walked up to the blue 2015 Land Rover Range Rover at about 5:49 a.m., opened the driver’s side and passenger’s side front doors, rummaged inside the vehicle and then lit “available combustibles” inside. The suspects then closed the doors and walked away, according to the charging documents.
Another victim, Angela Zimmerman of 5124 Wessling Lane, said her husband discovered a smoldering fire on the passenger seat of their vehicle when he came out to the driveway at about 6 a.m. It appeared as if someone had entered the vehicle, which police said was unlocked, taken items out of the glove compartment and set those items on fire on the vehicle’s seat.
Zimmerman said no items from inside the car were stolen but police found a spray bottle they suspected was used to start the fire. Another vehicle in the driveway of nearby 7010 Glenbrook Road also had a fire set inside it.
Police said a neighbor took a photo of Benkreira and his accomplice walking around and looking into vehicles at about 7:40 a.m. A detective who recognized Benkreira from a previous incident was able to identify him.