Former Maryland police chief charged with attempted murder, arsons

David M. Crawford is facing more than a dozen attempted murder charges after he allegedly targeted a series of enemies in at least 12 arson cases going back a decade, according to officials.
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And now, to the alarming allegations tonight against a former Maryland police chief and the stunning surveillance. Police say these are images of him pouring fuel on a home, setting it on fire as people were sleeping inside. And tonight, that former police chief is now accused in at least a dozen fires and that he allegedly had a hit list. Here's ABC's Steve osunsami tonight. Reporter: In surveillance video, you can see and hear. Maryland authorities tonight are saying this is a former police chief from the city of laurel and say this is the sound of him pouring fuel onto a home and then down a driveway. They say this is just one of at least a dozen fires he's accused of setting. 69-year-old David Crawford is in jail tonight, charged with multiple count us of arson and attempted murder every. While there were no reported injuries to either residents or fire department personnel as a result of these fires, the outcome could've been very different. Reporter: For close to ten years now, fire investigators here have been trying to find the arsonist who's been burning homes and vehicles in five counties. In charging documents, they say Crawford had a target list and went after people he had issues with, including two doctors and the police chief who replaced him. To go outside to find my house engulfed and have to come in and wake my family and get them out of the house, it knocked me to my knees. Reporter: Police believe that three of those fires were at homes that belonged to the same person, his stepson. Authorities say that when the sepson would move out of a burned home and into a new one, they say Crawford would burn that home, too. He has not yet entered a plea. David? Steve osunsami, thank you.

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