Suspect Charged With Arson In Target Fire Investigation

9:18 AM, Aug 17, 2013   |    comments
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AMHERST, NY -- Police have made an arrest and charged a Buffalo man with starting a fire at the Target in Amherst. 64-year William Lattin is charged with arson in the second degree.

This comes a day after the Target on Niagara Falls Boulevard turned into a crime scene when it was discovered clothing in the men's department had been set on fire.

According to police, Lattin came back to Target Friday and was discovered wandering inside the store by Target security.

"It's a very unusual set of circumstances all the way around and at this point it looks like it's an isolated incident," Detective Lt. Richard Walter.

Lattin looked like the description given by witnesses that was later matched to the store surveillance video.

Police later came out to the scene arresting Lattin in the 'Babies R Us' parking lot.

The fire was started at 3 p-m yesterday in the men's section of target. Police believe Latin set clothes on fire.

Thursday, attorney Tom Eoannou talked about the penalties the person responsible could face.

"With the B felony offered, the maximum sentence is still 25 years," Eoannou said.

A Target store manager indicates there's $250,000 of damaged clothing.

"Normally something like this, clothing set on fire -- I would think you're dealing with a troubled individual," Eoannou said.






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