Texas Man Allegedly Set Fire to Home in Camden, NJ
A man accused of starting a deadly fire in Camden NJ in 2004 has finally been apprehended by law enforcement. The suspect, a 47-year-old resident of Texas, now faces criminal charges for murder in Camden County, New Jersey.
The suspect allegedly committed the violent crime during the early morning hours of July 9, 2004. According to Camden County prosecutors, the suspect deliberately ignited a fire at a home located on North 22nd Street in Camden, NJ.
Neighbors in nearby houses on North 22nd Street heard screams coming from inside the home and dialed 911. Local firefighters soon arrived at the scene of the fire, where they were initially assisted by a couple of security guards who worked at a factory in the area. The security guards tried to use fire extinguishers to put out the fire, but they had to cease their efforts when the fire became too dangerous. The guards were among six people who sustained non-fatal smoke-related injuries and severe burns.
The fire resulted in the tragic deaths of three people who were inside the residence: a 33-year-old man, his 28-year-old wife, and the couple’s six-year-old son. The mother and child died during the blaze. The adult male victim valiantly attempted to fight the fire as it spread throughout the house and reached the living room, but he ended up suffering burns across more than half of his body and later died due to the burn injuries.
Medical examiners later learned that the adult female victim was pregnant when she died.
After allegedly starting the deadly fire, the suspect fled law enforcement, avoided arrest by Camden County police, and later moved across the country to Killeen, Texas.
Meanwhile, police at both the local and state levels never gave up hope of capturing the person responsible for the fire. Authorities eventually learned that the suspect was living in Texas.
The suspect is currently being held in a Texas jail on a massive $3 million bond. He will soon be extradited to New Jersey so that he can stand trial in Camden County Superior Court.
For more information, read the NJ.com article, “N.J. Man Wanted for Arson That Killed Child, 2 Others Arrested, Report Says.”
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