BRICK – State Police have arrested two Ocean County juveniles for alleged arson that shut down the Garden State Parkway for several hours last week, officials said.
The fire broke out around 5 p.m. on January 19 by the area of milepost 91 in Brick Township. Detectives determined that the fire was started by multiple people, possibly juveniles, within a drainage culvert that runs underneath the Garden State Parkway between the 91 north entrance ramp to the 91 south exit ramp.
The alleged suspects were seen running into the Evergreen Woods Park Apartment Complex that runs parallel to the Garden State Parkway.
After numerous investigations, officials were able to identify two juvenile suspects who allegedly started the fire. Detectives also found that the juveniles recently burglarized a building owned by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority adjacent the Garden State Parkway 91 north commuter lot.
The two suspects have been charged with arson, burglary, criminal mischief, interference with transportation and defiant trespassing. They were released pending a future court date.
The New Jersey State Police would like to remind the public that while no information is released regarding most juvenile cases, the above information is put out for the public’s interest. At this time, no other information will be released.
Charges are mere accusations, and the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty.