A joint investigation by Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Princeton Police Department (PPD) and University Public Safety into several arson fires on and nearby campus resulted in the arrest of two local juvenile suspects at 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9.
According to a Tiger Alert sent to the student body, the arrests were made after a caller to Princeton Police Headquarters reported two males starting a fire in the wooded area behind Holly House.
Arson, burglary, and other related charges are pending against two juvenile suspects, according to the PPD press release.
The juveniles were arrested for the four fires caused on campus and one additional fire at the Institute for Advanced study. The fires collectively caused an estimated one million dollars in damage, according to the Tiger Alert.
PPD also reported that the two suspects are ages 14 and 17. One boy is a resident of the town of Princeton, and the other is a resident of Montgomery.
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has not immediately responded to request for comment at the time of this publication. The Office of Communications deferred to the Tiger Alert sent to the student body.