Media Release - Aggravated Arson

Case Number: 2012-38281

Incident Type: Aggravated Arson

Date and Time of Incident: December 17, 2012 3:14 PM

Accused Name / City / Age: Arnoldo Lopez, 42, of Galloway

Incident Location: 300 Block of Genoa Ave.

Arresting / Investigating Officer: Sgt. J. Picardi #38

Misc. / Other Related Information:

A structure fire was reported at a residence on the 300 block of S. Genoa Ave. in the Pomona section.  The residence houses employees of a blueberry farm.  Upon arrival of Galloway Township Police officers and fire personnel heavy fire was showing from a second floor bedroom.  

A resident of this address, Arnoldo Lopez, 42, was assisted from the house by a passer-by and a farm worker prior to the arrival of emergency personnel.  Lopez was taken by ambulance to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus for minor injuries.  

An investigation by Galloway Township Police Sergeant Joseph J. Picardi and Galloway Township Fire Investigator Ron Garbutt resulted in Lopez being arrested at the hospital for aggravated arson.  Judge Howard Freed set bail at $75,000 cash.  

Lopez is being held at a New Jersey Department of Corrections facility in Trenton.  

The Pomona, Germania, South Egg Harbor, and Port Republic fire companies responded to the scene along with the Galloway Township Ambulance Squad and Atlanticare Paramedics.  The Pleasantville and Stockton College Police Departments also assisted.  


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