Jamestown man seeking to have Warren County charges dismissed

A Jamestown, N.Y. man charged in connection with over a dozen arsons – 12 in Jamestown and another in Butler – is seeking to have charges in Warren County dismissed.

Jonathan Hardy Young, 21, faces charges in two states as a result of a crime spree in early 2017.

The Jamestown Post-Journal reported that Young was charged with setting 12 separate fires in March 2017 in Jamestown, N.Y. and Falconer, N.Y. Police previously indicated that he acted alone and have not revealed a motive.

His targets included, for example, occupied and vacant buildings, an abandoned garage, and condemned structures. All of those arsons occurred between March 2 and March 25, 2017.

According to the Butler Eagle, Young was arrested in Slippery Rock in Butler County on March 28 – immediately after setting a house on fire there.

He made it from New York to Slippery Rock – in part – by stealing a car in Warren County, the Times Observer previously reported.

The affidavit of probable cause, in that case, indicates that on March 27, 2017, a Warren County resident contacted Warren-based Pennsylvania State Police to report that his 2017 Toyota Corolla had been stolen from his garage.

Young told police that he had walked from New York into Pennsylvania along Rt. 62 and entered the victim’s garage, walking into his kitchen to take his keys.

Driving to Oil City, Young told police that he left the car there because he didn’t want to be in a “‘hot’ car after it had been reported stolen.”

Online court records show that Charbel G. Latouf, an Erie-based attorney representing Young on his Warren County charges, filed a motion to dismiss on June 11.

Argument on that motion had been set for Friday but staff at the Warren County judge’s chambers said that hearing has been continued until July 24.

The Post-Journal indicated that officials in Chautauqua County are waiting to see what happens to the Pennsylvania charges before prosecuting Young.

His sentence in Butler County has already been satisfied.

He was sentenced in April to 15-30 months in prison – with credit for a year time served – for the Butler County arson, online court records show. On May 4, his public defender there filed a motion for parole and the court ordered that he could only be paroled to authorities in Westmoreland County or the state of New York, online court records show.

The Jamestown Post-Journal reported that Young was expected to be paroled and placed in the custody of Chautauqua County officials.

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