HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – A 33-year-old woman and mother of three children has been charged with setting fire to her apartment April 20 and fleeing before police and fire apparatus arrived just before midnight on April 20, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Jacklyn McLoughlin was tracked down in Perth Amboy and arrested three days later. She has been charged with 2nd degree, Aggravated Arson, 2nd degree Widespread Injury or Damage, 2nd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and 3rd degree Hindering Apprehension. She is beng held at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Volunteer firefighters from Hillsborough, Neshanic, Franklin-Elizabeth Avenue, Franklin-Millstone and Somerville responded to the fire.
Robertson provided the following account:
Hillsborough Police received a call at 11:10 p.m. reporting a structure fire in the Brookhaven Lofts apartment complex off Route 206 on Treeman Drive. The fire companies arrived, contained the fire, with detectives from the Hillsborough Township Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Fire Investigation Unit beginning an immediate investigation, which determined that three separate fires were intentionally set within the residence.
A neighbor reported seeing McLoughlin, the occupant of the residence fleeing the scene with her three children. The fire resulted in the displacement of three additional tenants in the building as a result of water damage from extinguishing the fire.
Detectives with the assistance of Perth Amboy Police Officers were able to locate McLoughlin at a residence in Perth Amboy. The children were also located and subsequently released to a family member.
The Philadelphia Police Department, Perth Amboy Police Department and the New Jersey State Police Missing Person’s Unit assisted in the investigation.
Robertson requests anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Hillsborough Township Police Department at (908) 369-4323 or via the STOPit app.
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.