HACKENSACK, NJ – Former Randolph Schools Superintendent David Browne purposely set fire to his garage last month and has been charged with arson, said Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli on Thursday.
The prosecutor said an investigation revealed that Browne, whose resignation was accepted by the Randolph school board on Oct. 26, doused the garage with accelerant on Oct. 13. The incident took place at a detached garage at Browne’s home in Wyckoff, said Molinelli.
He said Wyckoff police and fire rushed to the site after receiving a call about the fire and found Browne “outside of the structure suffering from numerous injuries.” Molinelli said the fire eventually destroyed the garage.
“The investigation determined that Browne purposely set the fire with the use of an accelerant inside of the detached garage causing the destruction of the structure,” said the prosecutor in a statement.
He said Browne, 55, who was charged with third-degree arson, remains hospitalized. He was permitted by Wyckoff Municipal Court Judge Russel Teschon to remain free on his own recognizance until he is released from the hospital, but must turn himself in within 24 hours of his release, said Molinelli. “At that time, he will be processed and a bail will be set,” said the prosecutor.