Man Accused of Trying to Burn Down Ex-Girlfriend’s Ridgefield Park Home
A Guttenberg, New Jersey man has been arrested in connection with a reported attempt to set fire to his ex-girlfriend’s residence in Ridgefield Park, NJ.
The suspect, a 23-year-old resident of Guttenberg in Hudson County, allegedly burglarized his former girlfriend’s home and then tried to burn down the residence.
Ridgefield Park police officers were dispatched to an apartment complex located on Fifth Street. Once officers were at the residence, they smelled the odor of natural gas.
Police reportedly found the stove turned on and a lit candle next to the stove.
Detectives with the Ridgefield Park Police Department investigated the possible arson incident and eventually determined that the suspect may have intentionally committed arson.
The suspect has now been placed under arrest and charged with attempted arson and burglary. The suspect has not yet been charged with any other crimes, such as aggravated assault.
Moreover, the suspect has not yet been charged with domestic violence. It is also uncertain whether the suspect has a restraining order imposed against him.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Ex Tried to Blow Up Former Girlfriend’s Apartment with a Candle, Cops Say.”