SHELTON, Conn. (WTNH) – Police have made an arrest for a fire from June 8th at Honey Cell located on Bridgeport Avenue. Police say 31-year-old Allister James started the fire and came up with an elaborate story about how it all got started.
One June 8th around 12:30 int he morning, a fire was reported at Honey Cell, while several employees were inside the building. The automatic fire suppression system was able to extinguish the fire. It was shortly after the fire was reported, that a 911 call was received from a male stating that he was recently kidnapped. Police responded to the commuter lot on Bridgeport Avenue to talk with the alleged victim. That caller was Allister James. James told police he was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to break into his work, Honey Cell, and spread gasoline in an office. He told police that one of the kidnappers then set the office on fire. The EMS that was also on scene, took James to the hospital for injuries he got by the fire.
After investigating, detectives were not able to validate James’ claim of being kidnapped. They say that James intentionally set the fire. James is being charged with burglary, arson, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. He is being held on a $250,000 bond.