Man found in Maryland condominium explosion dies by suicide, police say – Reuters
GAITHERSBURG, Md. — An explosion that rocked a Maryland condominium on Wednesday was set off by a man whose intent was to kill himself, authorities said Friday.
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Authorities identified the man as Juan Pablo Marshall Quizon, 36, of Gaithersburg, The Washington Post reported. At least 14 people were injured, including 10 hospitalized, according to the newspaper. The explosion, which erupted at 8:40 a.m. EST, destroyed nine units in a Potomac Oaks Condominium building.
All hospitalized residents have been discharged, WBAL-TV reported.
Quizon’s body was found Thursday in the rubble of the condominium, according to the television network. The discovery was made after corpse-sniffing dogs and heavy machinery combed through the damage. A medical examiner said Quizon died from smoke inhalation and burns, according to WTOP radio.
Quizon owned a condominium at the resort, according to the Post. The discovery of what Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus G. Jones said was a note from Quizon, along with statements from residents who knew Quizon, led investigators to classify his cause of death as suicide. , reported the OMCP.
“We have no information to suggest that Mr. Quizon intended anyone else to be harmed or harmed in this particular incident,” Jones said at a Friday night press conference. “This is a criminal investigation for the fact that if Mr. Quizon was still with us, he would have been criminally guilty in this case, due to the fact that several people are injured and the amount of property damage.
“We know for a fact that he made statements that indicated suicidal intentions.”
This was the second time this year that there has been an explosion and fire this year in Montogomery County. The other was at the Friendly Garden Apartments in Silver Spring on March 3.
Jones would not provide further details about Quizon’s suicide note, including when and where it was, OMCP reported.
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