2 arrested in Roosevelt Ave. arson

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 @ 4:15 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 @ 4:15 PM

Police arrested two people in connection with Tuesday's arson that happened at 2001 Roosevelt Ave.

Middletown police say Thaddeus Shields, 18 of 1327 Woodlawn Ave. is charged with aggravated arson, a felony of the second degree; and a 17-year-old male is charged with unruly to wit aggravated arson.

"I'm glad the two have been arrested and something is finally being done it's a big relief," said Jennifer Chitwood, who lost her home in the fire. "But I still don't feel safe since there was about 30 outside my house."

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Chitwood says they deserve to be locked up for a long time. "They took everything from me and my kids; my daughter is scared to go to sleep at night."

Middletown Lt. Scott Reeve said officers arrested both suspects earlier this morning thanks to help from Chitwood. He said the 17-year-old tried to run away from officers in the 1300 block of Woodlawn Avenue. Officers responded to the area and there was a little bit of a manhunt in the area for him. He was hiding in somebody's yard," said Reeve.

It took officers approximately 15 minutes to find him. "We arrested him in the backyard of a house near Young (Street) and Woodlawn (Avenue)."

Officers arrested Shields without incident. Reeve says Shields will be in court on Friday morning. The 17-year-old is headed to the juvenile detention center.

"They were causing problems in the neighborhood and feels good detectives were able to bring it to a quick conclusion," Reeve said.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and that there could be more arrests.