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Nyack 16-Year-Old Charged in Arson Spree

He's accused in car fires and in separate burglaries, fire.

A 16-year-old Nyack boy was arrested Wednesday on arson charges stemming from set in Nyack early Tuesday and a separate fire over the weekend, Orangetown police said this morning.

Police said they have charged Jonathan Barillas, 16, of Nyack, with:

Third-degree burglary, a class “D” felony - 2 counts

Second-degree arson, a class “B” felony -1 count

Third-degree arson, a class “C” felony -5 counts

Fourth-degree grand larceny, a class “E” felony - 2 counts

In addition to the fires that took place about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday on Summit Street and Washington Street, police said Barillas is accused of burglarizing a building on Catherine Street twice, on Aug. 10 and 13, and returning on Aug. 19 to set the same building on fire.

No one was injured in the fires, although a home a 35 Summit St. was damaged by the fire and offices at 13 Catherine St. were heavily damaged by the Sunday morning fire.

Residents of 35 Summit St. were home at the time of that fire and evacuated the home safely. On Catherine Street, the building housing the offices also contains two apartments — one that was occupied at the time of the fire. Orangetown police woke the sleeping apartment resident to get him out of the burning building.

Barillas was arraigned by Orangetown Town Judge Richard C. Finning and ordered held in the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City on $50,000 bail pending a hearing in Nyack Village Court.

In addition to the fires that were set, Orangetown police said Barillas was charged in connection with a rash of larcenies from unlocked cars that also took place in the Summit Street neighborhood just south of Nyack's Main Street. Detectives are trying to connect recovered items to the cars that they were taken from.

As of this morning, Barillas is not charged in connection with the many other car larcenies that have taken place in the Nyack, South Nyack and Upper Grand View areas.

Also, Jonathan Barillas is charged with twice breaking into at the offices of a small company based there. And, he is accused of setting a fire at the building. The morning of the fire, Nyack firefighters initially thought the fire was accidental and possibly caused by an electrical problem.

Police say it now appears the fire was set by Barillas.

Police ask that anyone who might have information regarding these incidents call Orangetown Police Detectives at 845-359-2121. Their investigation is continuing.

Orangetown Police were assisted by the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department Bureau of Criminal Identification arson unit.

Chris August 24, 2012 at 06:23 PM
The victims of the arson that had a house fire in addition to the car just had to see a person sentenced to 8 years in prison for the murder of their loved one Wykeme Corker. So you have a senseless killing that gets hardly any time in prison and then you are victimized again at random by a child with no respect? Disgusting.
mcccmar August 24, 2012 at 08:23 PM
A mistake is when you do something UNINTENTIONALLY - this wasnt a mistake it was ARSON - and WHERE were this kids parents while he was out at this hour ??
Bob August 27, 2012 at 08:44 AM
how do people know it's him when there are more then one person and why is get blamed for something maybe he was walking around there but they have no prove that he did it and he should be gving a different amount of bail $50k is a little way to much for a 16yrs old & for him to have 10 counts a little to much
Watchdog August 28, 2012 at 02:37 PM
This just gets worse ? How I'd we ever get to the point where people can commit cries like this and have it explained away and at the same time try to convince people that an arsonist and a thief show be given leniency to help his "girlfriend". All at 16 years of age. This is really sick thinking.
Norman August 28, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Well Watchdog, when you have people like Ana r. and Bob raising children and contributing to society, is it any wonder why modern day society is a shambles? For crying out loud, if Bob can't write a simple comment above with some manner of correct grammar and spelling, how the heck will his kids grow up to do anything but collect free paychecks from the government? And Ana R, I mean let's get real. Is there really that big a difference between being 15 and 16??? This is almost hilarious! Mental problems or not, he didn't make a mistake, he didn't trip on a lighter and fall against 4 cars. He purposely did this (if convicted of course) and if convicted we deserve to have him out of our neighborhoods and off the streets.

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