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Grand Jury Has Indicted Alexis Brito in June Arson Fire

Brenda A. Nemcek

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • 9:12pm

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano announced today that a Somerset County Grand Jury has indicted Plainfield resident Alexis Brito, age 22, for arson in North Plainfield. A 14 year old girl jumped from a second story window to save her life and the North Plainfield Fire Department was assisted by fire departments from Bridgewater, Green Brook, Plainfield, Warren and Watchung.
 
By the time the North Plainfield Fire Department arrived at the home, flames were coming out of the windows on the first and second floors and the siding was melting on both the victim’s house and the home directly to the west. The home to the east also received minor damage.
 
The fire was put out within 30 minutes of arrival with the assistance of fire departments from Bridgewater, Green Brook, Plainfield, Warren and Watchung.
 
Brito is accused of walking into his ex-girlfriend’s home on Manning Avenue in North Plainfield, stealing an iPad and setting fire to the home as a way of getting back at the woman.  Her sister, a fourteen year old only identified as Y.S. in the indictment, was home alone sleeping at the time. She was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
 
The indictment charges Brito with second degree burglary, fourth degree theft, two counts of second degree aggravated arson, two counts of third degree arson, third degree endangering the welfare of a child, third degree hindering apprehension or prosecution, and fourth degree resisting arrest by flight.
 
If convicted on the second degree aggravated arson, the Prosecutor says, Brito would face five to ten years in jail under the state’s No Early Release Act.  Soriano did not report what Brito could receive for the additional counts of the indictment.
 
In addition to being held in the Somerset County Jail for defaulting on his original bail of $100,000, Brito has also been issued a restraining order to stay away from the Manning Avenue home of his ex-girlfriend and anyone of the victims of the arson.
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