Dad may face charges following domestic incident, fire


Newark Police  and the State Fire Marshall’s Office are investigating  a house fire on Old Cooches Bridge Road that preceded  an  alleged assault of a  teenager.

Police report that  shortly before the fire,  a 17-year old male was reportedly  assaulted and strangled by his father, 44. The victim was able to leave the home with a family member who came to the scene.

While the domestic incident was being reported, a fire call was received. and officers found the father  outside the home. They determined that the man had been pulled from the home by a passerby and that  he had fought with the rescuer, apparently planning to stay in the home while it burned.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office assisted the Newark Police Department by going  to the scene.  A  preliminary investigation determined that the fire was intentionally set by the father who was the sole occupant at the time.


The father was transported to Christiana Hospital for evaluation and will be formally charged upon his release. The 17-year-old sustained a minor injury to his head.

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