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Published: Wednesday, 6/11/2014

$100,000 bond set for suspected arsonist


Today, a suspected arsonist was ordered to remain in the Lucas County jail in lieu of bond.

Nathan Wietrzykowski, 24, of 651 Pearl St., was arrested by the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at about 10 a.m. Tuesday. During arraignment today in Toledo Municipal Court, his bond was set at $100,000. He waived a preliminary hearing and the case was bound over to Lucas County Common Pleas Court.

Police said they identified Mr. Wietrzykowski as the man in a June 2 surveillance recording showing the attempted arson at the West Toledo Masonic Complex, 5025 Secor Rd. Police released the video to the public June 4 in an effort to identify the suspect.

In the video, the man emerges from a vehicle and walks toward the complex. A burst of light appears, allegedly the fire. One of the suspect’s hands appears to catch fire as well. No injuries were reported, but the incident caused about $300 damage, officials said. Officials said a previous arson attempt occurred May 14. They did not comment on whether they believed Mr. Wietrzykowski was connected to that attempt.

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