Man charged with Middletown arson, 2 minors also arrested

MIDDLETOWN — A 20-year-old Leonardo man faces several charges in connection with a fire last week that destroyed a home under construction.

Matthew Franco was arrested Saturday and charged with aggravated arson, conspiracy to commit aggravated arson, criminal trespass and employing a juvenile in the commission of a crime following an investigation by Detectives Albert Scott, Anthony Dellatacoma, and Keith Hirschbein.

According to police, the fire Thursday night at 53 Hamilton Ave. had been set on purpose. In addition to Franco, who was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, two juveniles were arrested Monday and charged in connection with …read more

Source: NJ.com Monmouth

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