SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Rudy G. Marroquin-Marroquin has been charged with arson in the Sunday morning fire on Somerset Street in North Plainfield.

Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano, Somerset County Chief of County Detectives Timothy M. Fitzgerald and North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti announced the arrest of Rudy G. Marroquin-Marroquin, age 27, of Michael Street, in Bossier City, Louisiana earlier today.

Prosecutor Soriano states that on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at approximately 1:18 a.m. the North Plainfield Police Department and the North Plainfield Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Somerset Street. The fire, which was contained to a second floor apartment, was extinguished by the fire department. The residents of the apartment consisted of a mother and son.  The mother had a prior dating relationship with defendant Marroquin-Marroquin.

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Detectives assigned to the North Plainfield Police Department, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Crime Scene and Forensic Unit responded to the scene to conduct the investigation.

The investigation revealed that, shortly before the fire started, the tenant’s son, age 20, had been sleeping on the living room couch when he had observed defendant enter the apartment and then quickly leave. Almost immediately after the defendant left the apartment, the son smelled an odor of burning plastic emanating from the kitchen. The son discovered a box of perfume on top of a lit stove burner along with burning drapes in the kitchen. The son also observed that, in his mother’s bedroom, the bed and drapes were also on fire. The son was able to exit the apartment without being injured.

All other residents in the four-family residential structure were able to safely leave the building without injury.

Prosecutor Soriano states that a Warren Township Patrol Unit located the defendant while he was sleeping in his vehicle while in Warren Township.

Defendant Marroquin-Marroquin was charged with Aggravated Arson, 2nd Degree. Bail was set by the Honorable Hany A. Mawla, J.S.C. at $100,000 cash only with the added condition that the defendant is not to have contact with the mother or son.