Police & Fire

Plainfield Man Indicted for Setting Fire, Forcing 14-Year-Old Girl to Jump from Second-Story Window


SOMERVILLE, NJ – Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano announced today that the Somerset County Grand Jury has indicted Plainfield resident Alexis Brito, 22, for a June arson in North Plainfield that forced a 14-year-old girl to jump from a second-story window to save her live.

The Prosecutor early accused Brito of walking into his ex-girlfriend’s home on Manning Avenue in North Plainfield, stealing an iPad and setting fire to the home as a way of getting back at the woman. Her sister, a 14-year-old only identified as Y.S. in the indictment, was home alone sleeping at the time. She, thanks to her daring escape, had only minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

North Plainfield Police arrested Brito on Sunday morning at about 2:39 p.m. on Sandford Avenue, about two blocks from the arson.

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Despite arriving within four minutes of receiving the 12:09 a.m. emergency call, flames were coming out of the windows on the first and second floors by the time the North Plainfield Fire Department arrived at the two and a half story home, and the siding was melting on both the victim’s house and the home directly to the west. The home to the east also received minor damage.

The fire was put out within 30 minutes of arrival with the assistance of fire departments from Plainfield, Green Brook and Watchung. Warren and Bridgewater. 

The indictment charges Brito with second degree burglary, fourth degree theft, two counts of second degree aggravated arson, two counts of third degree arson, third degree endangering the welfare of a child, third degree hindering apprehension or prosecution, and fourth degree resisting arrest by flight.

If convicted on the second degree aggravated arson, the Prosecutor says, Brito would face five to ten years in jail under the state’s No Early Release Act.  Soriano did not report what Brito could receive for the additional counts of the indictment.

In addition to being held in the Somerset County Jail for defaulting on his original bail of $100,000, Brito has also been issued a restraining order to stay away from the Manning Avenue home of his ex-girlfriend and anyone of the victims of the arson.

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