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72-year-old man arrested after setting clothing on fire at TJ Maxx department store

By Mason White 11:54 AM July 24, 2013
Richard Wesko 

By: Debbi Gross
An elderly man was arrested after he lit a fire inside a TJ Maxx department store.

Richard Wesko, 72, of North Port, Florida, was arrested and charged with arson, after he allegedly set fire to clothing at TJ Maxx.

Officers were called to the department store, located on Del Prado Boulevard, at about 3:30 pm. The Cape Coral Fire Department and State Fire Marshal also responded to the scene and assisted police in the investigation.

It was determined that someone has set garments on fire using a lighter. The man set fire to clothing on three different racks in three different locations within the store, according to the arrest report.

Based on witness statements, Wesko was identified as the responsible party. He was charged with arson in the first degree, and he was taken to the Lee County Jail.
Wesko was released after posting $20,000 bail.

In another incident a involving fire, A man and teenage son were arrested after setting a 7-year-old on fire while recording the incident.

The Pennsylvania man and his teenage son are accused of setting a boy, who is the son of the man’s girlfriend, on fire and recording the incident. Edward Myers, 35, allegedly used a cell phone to record the incident, which occurred in Saxonburg, at the home of his former girlfriend.

The 7-year-old victim had third degree burns on the face and chest after Myers allegedly sprayed a flammable liquid on the boy’s shirt and watched as his 15-year-old son lit the boy’s shirt on fire. Two of Myers’ sons allegedly shot the victim several times with pellet guns.

When the victim’s mother came home, she took her son to Butler Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to the burn unit at another hospital because of the severity of the injuries, which covered ten percent of his body. The hospital notified police of the incident.

Police are still investigating the motive of the brutal attack, but one of the young suspects allegedly called the incident a “joke.”

Myers was charged with assault, reckless endangerment, and possession of a controlled substance. He is being held in the Butler County jail on bail of $250,000 cash. His 15-years-old was charged as a minor. His case is being handled by the juvenile court.