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Detectives arrest man wanted in arson

Posted 12/31/12

By Noelle BarrettPress And Journal Staff

A Middletown man wanted for arson for a fire that damaged his Catherine Street house has been arrested, and new charges have been filed against him.Fred Barlow, 63, was taken into custody by detectives …

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Detectives arrest man wanted in arson


 “He did not surrender. Our detectives tracked him down in hiding, and arrested him,” said Chardo.

FredBarlowFred BarlowBarlow was wanted in connection with a house fire at 329 S. Catherine St. on July 22 that was ruled an arson. The blaze caused around $104,000 in damages to the structure and contents inside, and left two firefighters injured, according to court records.

Barlow allegedly offered Damian Parsley, 23, of Harrisburg, some of the insurance money he would get from the fire to start the blaze, court records charge. Parsley waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and faces arson and conspiracy charges.
Barlow is also facing new charges, including arson, based on admissions he made to detectives regarding a fire at the same residence in 2011, Chardo said.

According to a log on the Middletown fire department’s website, firefighters were dispatched to a working kitchen fire at the residence on July 1, 2011.

Insurance paid $300,000 for damages and loss resulting from the fire, according to Chardo.

On Dec. 20, Barlow waived his right to a preliminary hearing for the 2012 fire, the same day charges for the 2011 fire were filed, Chardo said. He is currently confined in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The charges that Barlow faces: two arson charges, four counts of recklessly endangering another person, insurance fraud and conspiracy for the 2012 fire; and two arson charges, three insurance fraud charges, recklessly endangering another person, and conspiracy for the fire in 2011.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10 before District Judge David Judy for the charges filed for the 2011 fire.