Man waives hearing in Mount Joy playground arson - abc27 WHTM

Man waives hearing in Mount Joy playground arson

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A Lancaster County man severely burned in a playground fire in Mount Joy last year has waived his preliminary hearing on arson and other charges.

Angelo Louie-Patrick Zeno, 19, of Marietta, appeared for the hearing Monday before District Judge Jayne Duncan, who scheduled a formal arraignment for May 29.

Zeno and a 17-year-old from Maytown each face charges of arson, criminal conspiracy, causing or risking a catastrophe, institutional vandalism, and criminal mischief for the September 28 fire at the Joyland Fun Fort in Kunkle Park.

Police said the teens doused the wooden structure with gasoline and set it on fire, damaging the fun fort beyond repair and causing more than $114,000 in damage.

According to charging documents, Zeno admitted that he and the 17-year-old stole gasoline and tools from a utility shed at the nearby Camp Hill Cemetery and poured the gas on the fun fort.

Zeno, who was initially trapped inside the tower of the playground structure after it exploded in flames, suffered extreme burns about his body. His alleged accomplice had burns on his face and hands. Both were hospitalized for treatment of their injuries.

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