Brampton babysitter sought by police after house set on fire
Molly Hayes and Dylan C. Robertson, The Star
A Brampton teen is wanted by police after he allegedly lit a fire in a home where he was babysitting his young niece and nephew — and then fled.
Peel Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Joshua Raphael, 19, after a fire was lit in a home where he was babysitting.
It’s not known why 19-year-old Joshua Raphael allegedly set the fire on Wednesday evening, or why he fled, leaving the two young kids behind at the house near Kennedy Rd. N. and Vodden St. E.
“I was shocked someone would do that,” said Const. Thomas Ruttan. When asked his reaction, he said “I’m not sure I can put it into words.”
The teen’s 9-year-old niece was able to quickly extinguish the ground-level fire with a bucket of water, preventing any injury to herself or her 5-year-old brother. There was minimal damage done to the home, Peel Regional Police said.
Police said an accelerant was used to start the fire. A smoke alarm was activated, and a neighbour called 911.
“It’s not a typical call we deal with,” said Const. George Tudos. “Trying to locate him is a priority so we can understand what the motivation was.”
A Canada-wide arrest warrant has been issued for Raphael for arson and mischief endangering life. Police believe he is travelling by foot or using public transit, but is in the Brampton area.
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on Feb 19, 2012 | 0 comments