Police charge man in rash of arsons in Jamestown, New York

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. -- A man being held in a Pennsylvania jail was identified as the suspect wanted in connection with a rash of arsons in Jamestown, N.Y. in March, police said Wednesday.

Jamestown Police traveled to Butler County on Tuesday morning and confirmed that Jonathan H. Young, 19, who was in the Butler County Jail on charges of arson and burglary, was wanted for 12 fires in Jamestown.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, Young was charged with nine counts third-degree arson, two counts second-degree arson and one count fifth-degree arson.

All charges will be handled via arrest warrants through the Jamestown City Court and the Town of Ellicott Court.

Young was being held in Butler County since March 28 on multiple charges of arson, burglary and motor vehicle theft that happened in Pennsylvania.

Investigators from Jamestown police received a call from the Butler County jail on Monday informing them they had a man that was being charged with arson and was believed to be from the Jamestown area but could not confirm his identity after he gave them several false names.

Police charge that Young set fire to 12 buildings, occupied, vacant and abandoned, over a 24-day span beginning on March 2.

According to a news release, Young set fire to an occupied and vacant apartment at 621 E. Sixth St., on March 2.

Four days later, a fire was reported at an abandoned home at 2840 Woodlawn Ave. Less than a week after that fire, a garage fire at the same address was reported.

Four more fires were reported between March 22 and March 24 before a total of four fires were reported between 12:21 a.m. and 2:10 a.m. on March 25. 

Timeline:

March 2:
12:24 a.m., 621 E. Sixth St.
11:27 p.m., 621 E. Sixth St.

March 6:
8:18 p.m., 2840 Woodlawn Ave.

March 12:
12:58 p.m., 2840 Woodlawn Ave.

March 22:
6:30 a.m., 441 Winsor St.
7:19 a.m., 29 to 39 W. Main St.

March 23:
6:14 p.m., E. Sixth St.

March 24:
11:05 p.m., 650 E. Sixth St.

March 25:
12:21 a.m., Crossman St.
1:04 a.m., 30 W. 11th St.
1:16 a.m., 22 W. 11th St.
2:10 a.m., 33. W. 10th St. 


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