Wareham Man Indicted in Arson Case
BROCKTON — A Wareham man has been indicted on charges that he assaulted a woman, left her for dead, and then set fire to the building, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz has announced.
Today, a Plymouth County Grand Jury returned indictments against Mondel Johnson, 40, of Wareham on two counts of armed assault with the intent to murder; arson of a dwelling; two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and malicious damage to property. Johnson will be arraigned on the charges in Brockton Superior Court at a later date.
On March 29, 2018, Wareham Fire Department and surrounding towns responded to 911 calls reporting a fire in an abandoned property at 36 Restful Lane in East Wareham. The home was completely destroyed by the fire, and investigators determined the fire to be arson. They later located a female victim who had been trapped inside the fire before she escaped.
Through interviews and investigation, it was determined that Johnson allegedly entered 36 Restful Lane with the female victim. While inside the house, the indictments allege that Johnson kicked the woman in her back and struck her in the back of a head with a hammer, which knocked her unconscious.
Johnson then allegedly poured a flammable liquid over the female victim and lit the dwelling on fire. The woman reported to investigators that she regained consciousness and found herself inside of the property alone surrounded by smoke and flames. The victim fled the fire and ran to a nearby neighbor’s house for assistance. She was later transported to Tobey Hospital and treated for a head injury.
The case, being prosecuted by Alex Zane and Kathleen Kramer of the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office, was investigated by Zane and Kramer, as well as Detective Dean Decas of the Wareham Police Department and Trooper Eric Desrochers of the State Police Fire Investigation Unit.
--Plymouth County District Attorney's Office