Police: Man Caught In The Home Of Newark Family Displaced By Fire


Newark – On September 5, 2017 Newark Police Officers responded to a vacant residence on Stafford Ave after a witness reported a possible burglary in progress, according to Newark Police Spokesman Fred Nelson.

Nelson said upon arrival officers found a broken window at the front of the house and a subject was observed inside the residence, looking around with a flashlight. Officers ordered the subject, Jesse Simienski, 36, of Newark, out of the house and he was arrested without incident.

Nothing was removed from the residence prior to the officers’ arrival, said Nelson. The damage to the window was estimated to be $100. Simienski was video arraigned in front of Justice of the Peace Court 11 and released on $5,100 unsecured bond.

Simienski was charged with Attempted Burglary 2nd Degree and Criminal Mischief Under $1,000.

The Fire

At approximately 3:00 am on August 29th the Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company responded to the home to find heavy smoke and fire coming from the single family dwelling. Crews we’re able to bring the fire under control fairly quickly.

Deputy Fire Marshals were called to the scene where they determined that the fire was caused by the malfunction of a window air conditioner, as our readers will recall.

The fire caused approximately $10,000 damage to the residence.

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