Police Arrest 26-Year-Old Woman for Arson of Upper Marlboro Restaurant

August 3, 2018
Jessica Marie Poole, 26, of Harwood

Jessica Marie Poole, 26, of Harwood

A  fire significantly damaged an Upper Marlboro building this morning on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Prince George’s County Firefighters were alerted to a building fire at 14703 Main Street in the Town of Upper Marlboro.

Firefighters arrived within 3 minutes of dispatch to find fire coming from a restaurant at that address. Three alarms, approximately 100 personnel, were summoned to the scene to extinguish the fire which occurred around 3:00 am. Fortunately, no firefighter or civilian injuries were reported. Three occupants from apartments on the top floor of this 3-story building were displaced and assisted by the American Red Cross.

The County Office of the Fire Marshal estimated fire loss at $250,000. During the course of the investigation fire investigators determined the cause to be incendiary. Investigators also developed a suspect identified as Jessica Marie Poole, 26, of Harwood. She is a prior employee of the business and had recently been fired. She was arrested this afternoon and charged with the following crimes:

  • 2 counts of 1st Degree Arson,
  • 2nd Degree Arson
  • 2 counts of Reckless Endangerment

“I commend the firefighters that battled this difficult fire and to our fire investigators and law enforcement officers for determining the cause, identifying a suspect and ensuring the suspect was arrested,” said County Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale. “I would also like to acknowledge our County Police Department for making the arrest and to the Anne Arundel County Fire and Police Departments for assisting in this investigation.”

Jessica Marie Poole, 26, of Harwood

Jessica Marie Poole, 26, of Harwood

44 Responses to Police Arrest 26-Year-Old Woman for Arson of Upper Marlboro Restaurant

  1. Hmmm on August 3, 2018 at 11:10 am

    The eyes say it all

    • Lisa on August 8, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      I agree those crazy eyes!!!! She looks like a psychopath

  2. Anonymous on August 3, 2018 at 11:54 am

    What a scumbag. They better not let her off easy for the two very obvious reasons. A quarter of a million dollars in damage should not only result in ordered restitution, it should also come with a 20 year sentence, 10 years probation after release and 1 year of community service.

    • Rob Stark on August 7, 2018 at 11:31 am

      Blah, Blah, STFU bi###.

  3. TellItLikeItIs on August 3, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Bring on the comments from the desperate men of SOMD!!!

  4. Mary Ellen Gwynn on August 3, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Wow! Our family eats there after church almost every Sunday and Jessica knows what we want before we even order. All the staff there are warm and caring people… Let’s step up as a community and support them and the residents as much as we can!

    • TellItLikeItIs on August 7, 2018 at 10:25 am

      Apparently, Jessica thought you wanted to eat somewhere else!

    • Michael on August 8, 2018 at 6:29 pm

      Agree!!!! How can we help!!! This is so sad and what a shame!!! We ate at Al’s deli with our family for years!! Nick and his wife are the nicest people.
      What a crazy person to do this!

  5. Phillip on August 4, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Maryland is a dump and should have wild fires instead of California

    • Rob Stark on August 7, 2018 at 11:33 am

      Your mother’s the biggest piece of trash in this “dump”.

      • samatha on August 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm

        scum of the earth

    • Anonymous on August 7, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Then move to California, no one here will miss you.

      • Comrade Sausage Brain Lives! on August 11, 2018 at 2:10 pm

        Why? Both are Soviet Socialist Republics.

  6. Smith on August 4, 2018 at 10:03 am

    She’s a drug addict physopath who needs to be behind bars for life!

    • The Sausage Brain Lives! on August 8, 2018 at 8:52 am

      A physopath? Like that Hannibal Lecture?

      • samatha on August 9, 2018 at 1:47 pm

        yup! worse

      • samatha on August 9, 2018 at 1:49 pm

        yup! worse nut case looser

        • The Sausage Brain, Bard of Avon on August 11, 2018 at 2:08 pm

          A looser? Does she let slip the dogs of war? Or wear clothing that is too large?

  7. Fred Johnson on August 4, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Why does she look like she is wearing a high-end Halloween mask?

  8. Anonymous on August 5, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    I hope her privilege helps her out. She is facing some serious charges.

    • The Sausage Brain, Esq. on August 8, 2018 at 8:54 am

      Attorney client privilege is an important factor in any criminal case, as it allows the defendant/accused to communicate fully and honestly with counsel, thereby obtaining the best advice. Is that what you meant, race-baiter?

    • Amanda on August 8, 2018 at 6:31 pm

      I hope nothing helps her out!! Letting her out to do what??? More harm?? She’s done!

  9. FIght Fire with Fire on August 6, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Fire me will ya?

    Ok – Now I will fire you.

  10. Nat Geo Spotlight on August 6, 2018 at 6:53 am

    The fearful look of the Mid-Eastern Raccoon in captivity.

    This critter could have rabies. Rumored to start fires when in heat.

  11. Gov Hulk Hogan on August 6, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Yes, yes I would

    • OK But.......... on August 7, 2018 at 8:07 am

      be sure you wear your flame retardant clothing!

      Things could get hot.

  12. Anonymous on August 6, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Casting Call for OITNB!!! She’d fit right in!

  13. Debo on August 6, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Bye Felicia.

  14. Doc on August 6, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    She looks like she needs to set up an appointment with Dr. Spankenstein. No doubt about!

  15. Anonymous on August 7, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Hey smnewsnet… where are the rest of the comments that were put on this story? Getting kinda picky now aren’t ya?

    • Gary G Glitter on August 7, 2018 at 11:01 am

      You should start your own news site and then you can post whatever you want. That’ll show em!

    • Anonymous on August 8, 2018 at 9:27 am

      Just don’t make fun of or ridicule the local police. Those comments will never make it on here.

  16. Informer on August 7, 2018 at 8:51 am

    I suppose Gov Hulk Hogan is a user name for someone who works at SMNewsnet seeing as his comment was posted and all the rest on many other stories over this past weekend have not been posted.

    • Gary G Glitter on August 7, 2018 at 11:02 am

      Complains about the site, yet here you are commenting.

      • Anonymous on August 7, 2018 at 4:29 pm

        Complaining about someone who complained. Way to prove your point. SMH!

  17. samantha on August 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    she deserves life in prison!!!!! i want to know how they let her out after the car crash the week prior driving while intoxicated and under the influence of drugs!!

  18. Lisa on August 8, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    How did they let her out after the car crash and they found pcp and alcohol on her ??? The week before she did this? Please explain that

  19. I has to know! on August 9, 2018 at 7:55 am

    How did they let her out after the car crash, when they found Heroin, PCP, Fentanyl, Ecstasy, Oxycontin, and alcohol…..all in her system – at levels rendering her as DWI?

    And this was just a week before the burn?

    Someone explain THAT!

    • LISA on August 9, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      OMG!!!!!! if they let her out again it will be WAR!!!!!!

    • amanda on August 9, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      what kind of system do we have protecting us as people in a community??? by letting her out they allowed this to happen!

  20. LISA on August 9, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    OMG!!!!!! if they let her out again it will be WAR!!!!!! BELIEVE THAT! as if we want this criminal in our neighborhood!

    • Roger Rabbit on August 10, 2018 at 5:33 am

      It’s called the judicial system. I learned about in middle school. Maybe you need to go back?

      • Sure on August 10, 2018 at 3:56 pm

        Really is that where they names you roger rabbit? Or you just like defending criminals.. maybe you learned that in middle schoo yoo

        • Roger Rabbit on August 13, 2018 at 6:02 am

          In no way was I defending a criminal in my post. You need to go back to elementary school to learn basic grammar, punctuation and sentence structure before you come on here making fun of someone. Then you can go to middle school to learn about the judicial system. Let me know what you pick up.