York County man charged with trying to kill family of four

Harper Ho
York Dispatch
Zamian Lavellen Duncan

A Lower Windsor Township man was arrested after he allegedly tried to set a trailer home on fire with four people, including two boys, inside.

Zamian Lavellen Duncan, 28, faces four counts of attempted criminal homicide; four counts of aggravated arson with people inside the property; arson on an inhabited building; risking catastrophe; and criminal mischief damaging property with reckless or negligent intent. All are felonies.

He's also charged with four counts of misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person. He was arraigned Thursday before District Judge Joel N. Toluba and is in York County Prison with bail set at $50,000. 

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday before District Judge John H. Fishel.

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Police said Duncan, of the 100 block of Zeigler Park Road, tried to set the mobile home on fire because he was drunk and upset with the adult occupants.

The male occupant said that on Aug. 6, he went to investigate why smoke was filling the house and found a bottle of accelerant tucked in the insulation under the trailer home, which is in the same block as Duncan's residence, according to charging documents.

Lower Windsor Township Police and a state police fire marshal identified Duncan as a suspect. Police said he took a polygraph test Tuesday.

Duncan told police he was upset the male occupant was dating his ex-girlfriend and lived with her and her 12- and 15-year-old sons at the residence. The affidavit notes Duncan lived at the trailer with his grandparents until they died in 2019 and 2020.

Duncan allegedly said he was intoxicated the day of the fire. He said he took a "Mountain Dew bottle that contained starter fluid from the trash" and walked to the victims' house, according to the court records..

"(Duncan) related he went there to start a fire and upon his arrival, he heard loud music and knew the victims were inside. He then used a match to ignite the starter fluid in the bottle and put the bottle under the trailer and then kicked it," according to charging documents.

Duncan said he then went to his brother's house and went to sleep, according to charging documents.