Man Arrested For Alleged Arson at Walmart
RUSH TOWNSHIP — Police in part of Schuylkill County made an arrest Tuesday night in an alleged arson at a Walmart.
The fire forced the shutdown of the store near Hometown for more than 13 hours on Tuesday.
Police said Johnathan Maldanado, 20, from Hazleton admitted to starting the fire by lighting a can of Silly String and leaving it on a shelf in the store.
Officers said surveillance pictures showed four people inside the store who they believe set the fire.
So far police have not arrested or charged the other three people shown in the surveillance footage. Police say two of them led them to Maldonado and only he faces any charges for the arson.
The fire was in the home and garden section of Walmart, that section of the store is still closed, but the rest of the Walmart near Hometown is open.