Police recently arrested a Paterson New Jersey man who allegedly set fire to a building.
The suspect is a 20-year-old resident of Paterson, NJ. According to Passaic County prosecutors, the suspect intentionally started a fire at a two-story building located at 97 East 20th Street in Paterson, New Jersey.
It is believed by Passaic County arson investigators that the suspect began the blaze in a motor vehicle parked near the complex. Paterson Fire Chief Michael Postorino indicated that the fire quickly spread from the car to two other cars and to the Paterson NJ building.
Fortunately, nobody suffered any injuries as a result of the fire.
The Passaic County Prosecutor s Office Major Crimes Arson Unit and the Paterson Police Department investigated the non-deadly fire and eventually arrested the suspect.
The suspect has now been charged with burglary and arson. Arson is a third degree felony that carries significant criminal penalties. If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the very serious arson charges, he could be sentenced to 3-5 years in NJ State Prison. Additionally, the suspect could be financially liable for the property damage to the Paterson building that burned down.
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Man Burned Down 2-Story Building, Cops Say.”