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UPDATE: Paterson Man Arrested for Allegedly Tossing Molotov Cocktail Inside Fair Lawn Knights of Columbus

Paterson Fair Lawn

Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of Mr. Kenneth Smith, 46, of Paterson, on charges of Aggravated Arson and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon.

Authorities said the arrest is the result of a joint investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office and the Fair Lawn Police Department.

According to investigators, on June 27th, the Fair Lawn Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a fire at the Knights of Columbus located at 16-16 Maple Avenue, Fair Lawn.

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Authorities said the subsequent investigation revealed an unknown male threw a Molotov cocktail-type device through the front window of the building.

Responding police and fire units found the front office area engulfed in flames. Firefighters contained the blaze to the front office area stopping it from spreading to the remainder of the structure authorities said.

As a result of the investigation, Police arrested Mr. Smith on Friday, in Paterson, and charged him with one count of Aggravated Arson, and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon.

Authorities said after processing Mr. Smith, they remanded him to the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance at the Bergen County Central Judicial Court on Monday, October 16, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

These charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.