Ridgefield Man Charged with Aggravated Arson, Criminal Mischief in Franklin Lakes

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of Mr. Keith Koeppel, 61, of Ridgefield, on charges of Aggravated Arson and Criminal Mischief.

Police say on June 26th the Franklin Lakes Police and Fire Departments responded to a structure fire at 587 Route 208 South in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

The investigation revealed that a fire had been started on the rear deck, directly below a broken window, and that an accelerant had been used to ignite the fire.

Bergen County officials say as a result of the investigation, Koeppel was arrested on June 27th in Paramus, then charged with one count of Aggravated Arson and one count of Criminal Mischief.

Prosecutor Musella states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.