The incident stemmed from a dispute over a noise complaint at a residence located on Palisades Avenue in Garfield, New Jersey. The neighbors reportedly spoke with the 18-year-old suspect and asked him to quiet down. The suspect refused the request and then allegedly attempted to set fire to the victims’ home.
According to authorities, the suspect fled the area after starting the fire. By the time police arrived at the scene, the suspect was long gone.
Garfield police officers smelled a heavy gasoline odor near the front door of the house.
Investigators later spoke with the occupants of the home, who said that they personally witnessed the suspect starting the blaze.
If and when the suspect is eventually apprehended, he will face a charge of aggravated arson.
As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:17-1, aggravated arson involves purposefully starting a fire that places another person in danger of death or injury. The statute classifies aggravated arson as a second degree felony, which means that it carries a potential penalty of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
Law enforcement has asked for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect. Anyone who has information about the suspect’s whereabouts should contact Garfield police at 973-478-8500.
For additional information about this case, go to the NorthJersey.com article entitled “Garfield Cops Seek City Teen in Alleged Arson Attempt.”