In connection with the South Huntingdon Club Fire, Javier Santacruz Ramirez, 41, is accused of seven offenses, including aggravated arson, endangering public safety, and criminal mischief.
South Huntingdon Club Fire Occurred
About 1:15 a.m., the South Huntingdon club fire was reported. On Saturday, the club on the 100 block of Motordrome Road received a response from ten local fire agencies. There were no injuries recorded in the South Huntingdon club fire. State police fire marshal Trooper First Class Edward Stasko, who is based at the Uniontown station, brought the accusations. According to Stasko, a local fire authority advised him that the South Huntingdon club fire was suspicious because it had a kerosene smell.
Stasko claims that by tracking a sedan from which two males were observed leaving and then entering the club at around 8:17 p.m., police were able to link Ramirez to the South Huntingdon club fire. According to Stasko, the owner of the automobile told police that he went to the club on the relevant night with Ramon.
According to Stasko’s testimony in court, surveillance footage captures the suspect of the South Huntingdon club fire at a gas station buying a lighter, and gasoline with a five gallon bucket, and then digging through the trash cans next to the fuel pumps to take something combustible. Video also depicts the suspect of the South Huntingdon club fire taking the bucket to the club, disappearing from view on the south side of the building, then a big South Huntingdon club fire erupting, and someone fleeing toward a parking lot in the back.
South Huntingdon Club Fire Charges Against Javier Santacruz Ramirez
Stasko conducted an interview with Ramirez at the station with the assistance of a police officer who speaks a little Spanish. Ramirez told investigators that he was the depicted in photos of a man entering the club and a gas station, according to Stasko.
In his early 40s, Javier Santacruz Ramirez is accused of aggravated arson, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, failure to avert a catastrophe, terroristic threats, criminal mischief, and aggravated arson in relation to the South Huntingdon club fire. Ramirez was charged on Sunday, and after District Judge Jason Buczak rejected bond due to a potential flight risk, Ramirez was booked into the Westmoreland County Jail.