December 16, 2019
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Police identify 2 suspects in Sanford arson

Maine Department of Public Safety | BDN
Maine Department of Public Safety | BDN
Johnathon Cox, 25, (left) and Lonnie McMahon, 23.

Two men are wanted in connection with an arson fire in Sanford earlier this month that displaced eight people.

Authorities have been unable to locate Johnathan Cox, 25, and Lonnie McMahon, 23, who are from the Sanford area but have no permanent address, since the July 6 fire, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Firefighters responded to 26 Montreal St. about 4:26 a.m. after a fire broke out at the residence, according to the Sanford Police Department. The fire quickly spread from the single-family residence to neighboring 24 Montreal St., a two-unit apartment building.

The three residents of 26 Montreal St. and the five residents of 24 Montreal St. were all accounted for, police said.

None of the residents of either address was injured, and several nearby homes were evacuated while firefighters from Sanford and surrounding towns battled the blaze.

Surveillance video from a nearby residence showed two unidentified individuals, one of whom appeared to be smoking, near 26 Montreal St. about 4:17 a.m., and video showed two individuals running from the area moments later at 4:22 a.m.

The Maine fire marshal’s office determined the fire’s cause to be arson, McCausland said.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Cox and McMahon can contact the Sanford Police Department at 207-324-3644 or the Maine fire marshal’s office at 207-624-7076.

Related: Surveillance video from July 3 Sanford fire

 



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