Hopatcong Man Accused of Setting Neighbor’s Apartment on Fire

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A Hopatcong man is currently jailed pending trial after police say he tried to burn down his neighbor's apartment on River Styx Road. According to the New Jersey Herald, Joseph Garofalo admitted to using an accelerant to set a doorway on fire and told authorities he had a conflict with someone living in the apartment.

Though no one was injured in the October 22 incident, a judge ruled to keep Garofalo detained because "there are no adequate conditions he could impose that would ensure the safety of the public."

Assistant Prosecutor Sahil Kabse said the 43-year-old has a "pattern of escalating, violent behavior." Garofalo was previously convicted in 2004 for burglary and receiving stolen property and again in 2009 for receiving stolen property. He was reportedly arrested on August 26 of this year after calling 911 and then threatening to kill officers when they arrived.

Read the New Jersey Herald story here.

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