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Teens charged for playground fire in Mount Joy

Formal charges have been filed against two Mount Joy teens who police say  started an arson fire that destroyed the Joyland Fun Fort at Kunkle Park on Sept 28, 2012.

Angelo Louie-Patrick Zeno, 18, of Mount Joy, and a 17-year-old juvenile are facing numerous charges including arson, criminal conspiracy to commit arson, causing or risking a catastrophe and institutional vandalism.

Police say Zeno and the juvenile doused wooden playground equipment with a flammable liquid and lit it on fire. Officers responded to the scene after numerous residents called 911 after hearing a loud explosion in the park.

Both Zeno and his juvenile counterpart were injured in the blaze. They were taken to the Lehigh Medical Center and Crozer-Chester Medical Center for treatment of severe burns.

Officers found two empty gas cans at the entrance of the playground and another partially melted can near the burning equipment, court documents revealed. Earlier that day, five gas cans had been reported stolen from a storage shed  at the Camp Hill Cemetery along Terrace Road y. They were the same gas cans used to in the arson, according to court documents.

The fire caused $114, 425 in damage to the community-built playground, according to police reports.

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2 Comments to “Teens charged for playground fire in Mount Joy”

    Marie said:
    February 15, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    make those kids work to earn the money to replace that park. I hope they suffer good with their burns. what if little kids were in it? Attach all future wages until the park is replaced with one identical to the one they destroyed. They should not have ANYTHING of their own untill it is paid off. if need be keep them in jail until they can pay it off.

      HowIgnorantRU? said:
      February 15, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      Easy there Marie. They are not paying it off while in jail. If you remember, this was done way late at night and since they were there, they sure would know if little kids were in it. Don't assume they'd be doing this while little kids were there because they weren't and weren't likely to be. I agree with all else you said like making them pay the bill and perhaps do comm service in rebuilding it. The burns will serve as a lifelong reminder of stupidity like a drunken tattoo application.

      My comment is why the charges took almost 5 months to be filed. The case was so apparent, the evidence so overwhelming. Were police waiting for them to be physically able to attend court?

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