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Man Arrested for Torching Homes, Bar in Perth Amboy

Perth Amboy

Middlesex County authorities reported today that a man has been charged with setting fire to a mixed-use building, which housed several residences and a local bar.

Police said on September 6, Mr. Rey Zarzuela-Severino, 36, of Ocean Grove, was charged and arrested for second-degree aggravated arson, second-degree aggravated assault, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree possession of a destructive device, and fourth-degree causing risk of widespread injury or damage. 

Police said at approximately 2:59 A.M., officers of the Perth Amboy Police Department and local firefighters were dispatched to the Casanova Lounge, located at 983 State Street, following the report of a structure fire.

As a result, multiple residents were later transported from the scene to a nearby hospital, treated for non-life-threatening injuries. 

An investigation was conducted by Officer Jorge Irizarry II of the Perth Amboy Police Department and Detective Jose Rosario of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and local and county fire officials determined Zarzuela-Severino broke a bar window and set a fire within the structure.

The investigation also determined smoke from the fire entered into multiple occupied residences located above the bar. 

Zarzuela-Severino is presently lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center, where he is detained pending a pre-trial detention hearing in Superior Court. 

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Irizarry of the Perth Amboy Police Department at (732) 324-3800 or Detective Rosario of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4045.