June 19, 2019

EP Police Arrest Man, 24, on Arson Charges

The charges stem from a 2016 case where two neighboring houses in Riverside had fires set to their vehicles and property

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EP Police Detective Lt. Raymond Blinn issued a press release announcing the arrest of an arson suspect for a fire going back to 2016.

"The East Providence Police Department, in cooperation with the RI State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the East Providence Fire Department report the arrest of Dakota Cronin, age 24, formerly of 486 Bullocks Point Avenue East Providence, RI on the charges of 1st Degree Arson and 3 Counts of 4th Degree Arson. The charges stem from a 2016 case where two neighboring houses had fires set to their vehicles at the intersection of East Knowlton Street and Earle Avenue," stated Lt. Blinn.

"The Earle Avenue fire started in a truck that was parked in the driveway of the residence and spread to a boat parked next to it in the driveway and then to the attached garage of the house. The house was occupied at the time of the fire," Blinn continued.

While the neighbor from East Knowlton Street was assisting the resident at Earle Avenue, he noticed that the interior of his car, which was parked in his driveway, was on fire. He then rushed to his vehicle and put that fire out.

A joint investigation with the RI State Fire Marshal’s Office and the EP Fire Department was initiated. East Providence Detectives processed the scene and did recover some physical evidence, which was then sent to the State Crime Lab. In March of this year Detectives were notified that a piece of evidence that was recovered belonged to Cronin. That information, coupled with information developed through a lengthy investigation resulted in an arrest warrant being signed for Cronin on the above charges.

"The East Providence Police Department wants to acknowledge the assistance from the other agencies and also recognize the exceptional work by our determined and dedicated Detective Division," added Lt. Blinn.

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