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Disgruntled Ex-Employee Charged with Aggravated Arson after Setting Lakewood Business on Fire

An ex-employee was charged with arson after setting a Lakewood business on fire.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on January 19, 2022, Jorge Euxaque-Ballesteros, 25, of Toms River, was charged with Aggravated Arson, and Burglary, in connection with an incident that occurred in Lakewood Township on January 19, 2022.

On January 19, 2022, at approximately 2:00 a.m., Officers from the Lakewood Township Police Department and Lakewood Township Fire Department were dispatched to a business on Cross Street in reference to a sprinkler system alarm. Firefighters were able to extinguish a fire in the basement of the business. An investigation conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Squad, Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office, Lakewood Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, determined that the cause of the fire was incendiary by an unknown person using an open flame to ignite cardboard and paper in the basement. Subsequent investigation revealed that Euxaque-Ballesteros – a former employee of the business who was recently terminated – was responsible for setting the fire.

Later in the day, Euxaque-Ballesteros was taken into custody in Toms River by Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Squad and Lakewood Police Department. He was transported to Lakewood Police Headquarters, processed, and is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Prosecutor Billhimer commends the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Squad, Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office, Lakewood Township Police Department, Lakewood Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Toms River Township Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their cooperative assistance in connection with this investigation.

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There are 2 Comments to "Disgruntled Ex-Employee Charged with Aggravated Arson after Setting Lakewood Business on Fire"

  • Avraham says:

    It might be a good idea, if you are planning to fire a worker, maybe buy him a food package like bread, crackers, fruit, cake and etc. and plates and cups and a bottle of water. This is the world we live in. It is what it is.

  • Outsider looking in. says:

    In addition to what Avraham said, also a suit of armor will be needed for the employer just in case the fired disgruntled worker returns. Hazeet.