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Crime & Courts

Man suspected in Woodstock arson nabbed in Cook County

WOODSTOCK – A man wanted in connection with setting a fire that put a victim in the hospital with burns over the majority of his body was apprehended in Cook County.

Deonte Baugh, 25, also topped the list of the county’s most-wanted fugitives.

The felony charges against Baugh stem from an April 3 fire in Woodstock that left a man with third-degree burns over 60 percent to 70 percent of his body, police said. Authorities said the victim still is receiving rehabilitative treatment for injuries he suffered in the fire.

Baugh is accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail into a common hallway of a multi-unit dwelling at 354 S. Tryon St. The victim was burned when he tried to extinguish the blaze, Woodstock Police Detective Sgt. Jeff Parsons said.

“It was a targeted attack toward the victim,” Parsons said. “The victim was alleged to owe money to [Baugh]. We believe this was drug-related and money-related.”

Baugh’s last known address was in Woodstock, but authorities believe he fled the area to avoid arrest.

McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies and members of the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Baugh without incident just after noon Sept. 30 in Riverdale.

He remains at Cook County Jail awaiting transport to McHenry County. His bond is set at $100,000.

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