NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two men from Middlesex Borough have been arrested and charged in connection to the arson and burglary of a commercial building in the Borough on Wednesday evening.
Ryan Deahl,18, of Middlesex was arrested Thursday and charged with arson, conspiracy to commit arson, burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, according to Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Matthew Geist of the Middlesex Police Department.
All are third-degree crimes.
In addition, Deahl was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both are disorderly person offenses.
Eric Mejia-Vides, 18, also of Middlesex was arrested Thursday and charged with conspiracy to commit arson, burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, all third-degree crimes, police said.
On Wednesday at about 11:53 p.m., the Middlesex Police Department and the Middlesex Fire Department were dispatched to the area of the 800 block of Lincoln Boulevard on the report of a smoke condition.
Members of the Dunellen Fire Department, the Middlesex County Fire Marshal’s Office, the Robert Wood Johnson Emergency Medical Services and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office also responded.
One firefighter was injured in the fire.
Deahl and Mejia-Vides were arrested and charged during an investigation by Detective Sean Flanagan of the Middlesex Police Department and Detective Kevin Schroeck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Prosecutor Kuberiet said the quick response of the Middlesex Police Department, which determined that the cause of the fire was of a criminal nature.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Flannagan of the Middlesex Police Department at 732-356-1900, or Detective Schroeck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-4194.