Hours after the New Haven Police Department released a description of the suspect of the Yale Bookstore arson fire on Thursday, the police made an arrest.
The suspect—a 14 year old teenage boy—was arrested after his foster parent recognized him while watching WFSB news yesterday evening and contacted the police. Police are charging the suspect with arson in the third degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree and criminal mischief in the first degree.
Police began searching for the suspect after the fire department was called in to investigate an arson fire. Review of the security tapes revealed that the suspect used a lighter to start several small fires around the Yale Bookstore and suggested that he also started a fire in the bathroom.
When the fires were first discovered, the building was evacuated and temporarily closed. According to Yale Bookstore employees, the fires also triggered the sprinkler system, which led to flooding in the basement. Both the basement and the children’s section of the bookstore remain closed to customers. The bathrooms in the bookstore are also locked.
The Yale Bookstore is the largest bookstore between New York City and Boston.