Thursday, November 9, 2017

Detectives Arrest Suspect for Setting Fatal House Fire in Seat Pleasant

Thomas Gerald Deal

Prince George’s County Police Department Homicide Unit detectives arrested and charged a man in connection with setting a fatal fire in Seat Pleasant last week. The suspect is 53-year-old Thomas Gerald Deal of 61st Street in Northeast Washington. The victims killed in the fire are identified as 56-year-old Gary Alphonso Driver of Southern Avenue in Oxon Hill and 51-year-old Derrick McDowell of Etna Drive in Upper Marlboro. 

On November 2nd, at approximately 5:30 am, the Prince George’s County Fire Department responded to the 6200 block of Foote Street for the report of a house fire. While working to extinguish the fire, firefighters located the two victims inside of the vacant residence. They were both pronounced dead on the scene. Fire investigators later determined the fire was intentionally started.

During the course of the investigation, evidence was collected linking Deal to the fire. The motive in this case remains under investigation. Deal is charged with two counts of first degree murder and arson. He’s in the custody of the Department of Corrections. 
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

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