Laurel Police spokesperson Jim Collins tells WAMU someone poured gasoline onto and then ignited the personal and city-issued vehicles of Deputy City Administrator Martin Flemion. He adds the crime happened in front of the victim's home early in the morning Saturday.
Investigators say they believe the person or persons responsible were burned during the crime, and as a result the suspect may be seeking medical attention.
Witnesses who spoke with police say they saw someone who appeared to be on fire removing their clothes as they were running from the scene.
The city's police chief, Richard McLaughlin, is reaching out to the public for any leads about the incident and his office is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.