19-year-old charged with 12 arsons in Jamestown and Falconer

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) — Jamestown police announced on Wednesday morning that a suspect is in custody related to a series of arson investigations in the city.

Jonathan Young, 19, was charged with 12 counts of arson after multiple fires that occurred from March 2 to March 25.

Here are the locations where the fires occurred:

Here are photos of some of the buildings that caught fire:

“Arson isn’t a property crime,” Jamestown Mayor Samuel Teresi said. “It’s not a prank. There is collateral damage.”

After surveillance video led to him being a suspect, police believe Young went to Butler County, Pennsylvania, where another arson and two burglaries happened.

On Monday, investigators with the Jamestown Police Department received a call from the Butler County Jail, letting them know they had a suspect in custody that was being charged with arson and burglary.

Young had been in custody since March 28, and gave officials false names, police say.

Jamestown police met with Pennsylvania State Police in Butler County on Tuesday.

Young is being held in Butler County on multiple felony charges out of Pennsylvania, including arson, burglary and motor vehicle theft.

He could spend up to 25 years in jail if he is convicted of starting the fires.

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