JAMESTOWN, NY-- Jamestown Police say a suspect is in custody in connection with recent arsons in their city.
Investigators say 19 year old Jonathan H. Young of Jamestown has been charged him with numerous counts of arson. They say he is connected to 12 arsons in Jamestown and Falconer. There was an intensive investigation because police feared that someone could be injured in a deliberately set fire.
Firefighters in Jamestown have been called to several suspicious fires over the past month, including five in one night on March 25th. Most of those fires were in vacant structures.
Last week, Jamestown Police released surveillance video of a person of interest leaving the area just prior to a house fire. Crimestoppers offered a reward up to $1,000 for information related to the fires.
Police say that Young apparently fled to Pennsylvania when he became aware they were focusing on him as a suspect. They were contacted by Pennsylvania State Police who had arrested Young earlier this week on charges of arson, burglary, and theft of a motor vehicle in Butler County which is north of Pittsburgh. They say he was evasive but they were able to confirm he was from Jamestown and a connection was made with the arson cases in Jamestown.
Young will face the charges first in Butler County, Pa and then may be brought back up to Jamestown. If he is convicted he could face up to 20 years in jail for the charges in Jamestown.