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Jamestown teen charged in string of arson fires

A 19-year-old Jamestown man has been arrested in connection with a dozen arson fires that plagued the Jamestown and Falconer area between March 2 and March 25, according to local authorities.

Arson investigators from the Jamestown Police Department received a call Wednesday from the jail in Butler County, Pa., advising them that they had a suspect in their facility who was being charged with arson and burglary.

Butler County Jail authorities told the Jamestown police they had reason to believe he was from the Jamestown area, but could not confirm the young man's true identity, Jamestown Police Capt. Robert Samuelson explained in a news release Wednesday.

Jonathan H. Young, had been in the Butler County Jail since Tuesday, according to Jamestown police officials.

Young was charged Wednesday with multiple counts of arson..

Some of the structures that were torched include an occupied apartment building, five condemned houses, a condemned apartment building, an abandoned garage and a pile of debris near a home.

Jamestown police said Young remained in the Butler County Jail on multiple felony charges from the state of Pennsylvania, including arson, burglary and motor vehicle theft.

Police said an arson fire Tuesday at 206 Charles St. is not related to the group of arson fires from March. Anyone with information on Tuesday's arson fire is being asked to call the Jamestown Police Department's anonymous tip call line at 483-8477, or via the JPD Tips 411 App.

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