Police: NJ Tenant Facing Eviction Sets Home On Fire

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — Aggravated arson charges were filed against a New Jersey man who allegedly set fire to the home he was renting after the owner started eviction proceedings.

Thirty-one-year-old Christopher M. Bossick also faces three counts of criminal mischief in connection with Wednesday’s blaze at the Middletown Township home, which caused more than $2,000 in damage.

Police tell the Asbury Park Press of Neptune that Bossick poured a flammable liquid on some clothing that was placed on a bedroom floor and started the fire before leaving the home.

No injuries were reported in the blaze.

Bossick was being held in the Monmouth County Jail on $50,000 bail, and it was not known Saturday if he had retained an attorney.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Debbie Paesano

    What a MORON!!!!!! He was being evicted for a reason, which is not mentioned in this short article. If he owed back rent, then the landlord has the right to evict him, which by even if the eviction proceedings were started, it can take up to 3 months before he has to get out. Then if he refuses, the sheriff’s department is allowed to go into the apartment and put everything on the street. So know he’ll be in jail, b/c the a**hole started a fire. At least he won’t owe any rent, he’ll have a bed to sleep in, 3 square meals a day, and many new friends. Of course to the tax payer it’s not free for us.

  • chico escuela

    Christopher M. Bossick will enjoy jail. He will eventually join the switcher hitter league and become member of the maricone gang

  • Cecelia

    Crime does pay when facing eviction. Jail equals: Free Room and Board, Medical, Food, Social Time, not too bad. People in jail should thank us people paying taxes.

  • Margie

    I guess he’ll be living rent-free in the Monmouth County Jail for some time…

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