Collingswood police looking for man who torched house after breaking in, attacking occupants

Tim Jimenez
February 24, 2020 - 6:50 am
Police in South Jersey say they're looking for a man who broke into a Collingswood home, attacked the two people inside and then set the house on fire.

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COLLINGSWOOD, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Police in South Jersey say they're trying to identify and find the man who broke into a house, attacked the people inside and set a fire Sunday afternoon. 

Neighbor Colin Woolley told NBC 10 he never would have guessed such a strange case would happen in his quiet neighborhood.

"It's definitely horrible, and it was crazy that it would happen in Collingswood. I've never heard of that type of thing happening," Woolley said.

At 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office says, a man broke into a house at the end of Crestmont Terrace, which is close to the Cooper River and a few blocks away from the shops and restaurants on Haddon Avenue.

Police say he demanded money from the two people inside the home, he attacked one person and tied up the other one. Then, police say, he started a fire in the house and ran off. 

Chris Miller told NBC 10, that's when people noticed something was up.

"I noticed, like, five fire trucks come soaring down the street," he said.

Another neighbor, Michael Daly, said it looked like more than a typical house fire.

"I was very confused," he said. "It was definitely a serious situation."

Investigators are searching for a man who reportedly broke into a Collingswood home, attacked one occupant and tied another victim up before setting the house on fire.
Office of the Camden County Prosecutor

Firefighters took care of the flames, and police are investigating the incident.

Authorities have not made public the condition of either victim, only saying one of them suffered injuries that were not from the fire.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office or the Collingswood Police Department.