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Court papers: Motel arson suspect wanted jail

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Wayne Allen Taylor Wayne Allen Taylor
YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

A man accused of setting fire to a York motel told authorities he wanted to be sent to jail because he had nowhere else to go, according to charging documents.

Wayne Allen Taylor, 35, no fixed address, admitted to both firefighters and police that he intentionally started the fire Saturday morning at the Rodeway Inn, at 132 N. George Street, the criminal complaint states.

Police said in the documents that Taylor spoke with Fire Captain Chad Deardorff by phone while Deardorff was still at the scene and said, "I am ready to meet someone and turn myself in." Taylor then returned to the motel and was taken into custody.

Taylor later told police during an interview that he was to check out after 11 a.m. and began to think about where he was going to live. He said he planned to either hurt himself or "do something wrong and go to jail" before he used a cigarette lighter to set fire to the bed in Room 314, documents state.

He told investigators he didn't see a flame when he left the room and didn't know if the bed caught fire, but later heard fire trucks and knew where they were going. He said he then walked to a friends' house and was encouraged to surrender, according to the documents.

Taylor also told police that he set the fire closer to checkout time because he thought less people would be there, documents state. As many as 60 people were staying at the motel and were temporarily relocated to the Elks Lodge on North George Street.

Taylor has been charged with arson and 41 counts each of reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, simple assault, and causing or risking a catastrophe. He was being held in York County Prison on $25,000 bail.

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