WEST WINDSOR: Teen charged with attempted murder of parents for setting fire to house

By Philip Sean Curran, Staff Writer
WEST WINDSOR – A 16-year-old was charged with attempted murder of the teen’s parents by setting fire to their home on Emil Street in West Windsor shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said.
Authorities released only scant details about the incident, not even disclosing whether the teen was a male or female to protect the suspect’s identity. Authorities alleged the teen, also charged with arson and criminal mischief, set the fire in the first floor of the house and fled the scene.
“The teen’s parents were home and alerted to the fire by smoke detectors. They were able to get out uninjured,” said Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Casey A. DeBlasio.
Firefighters put out the blaze, in which no one was injured, authorities said. “Damage from fire, smoke and water throughout the home is estimated at $100,000,” Ms. DeBlasio said.
The teen was found at an undisclosed location and taken into custody, and is being held at the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center, authorities said.
The teen has a detention hearing scheduled for Thursday, Ms. DeBlasio said.