Jackson, NJ man threatens to burn house down while wielding baseball bat
Jackson Police have announced the arrest of a township resident who allegedly threatened to burn down home while holding a baseball bat in his arms.
Five officers responded to a home on Chatham Court in the Gardens at Jackson 21 around 1:49 am on Monday after learning that a man armed with a baseball bat was threatening his neighbors.
He took things a step further by taking a bean bag chair from a neighbors porch -- the one on the phone calling 911 -- and then set it on fire on the grass outside and within the confines of the complex.
As police began arriving on scene, one officer put out the fire with a fire extinguisher from his vehicle.
Through their on-scene investigation, police learned from victims that the man tried gaining entry to a home through a sliding door and when he was unsuccessful, he stood outside with a baseball bat yelling at them and then threatened to burn the building down -- in turn, he took the bean bag chair and set that on fire.
Police said they tried to make contact with the man but he refused to cooperate and open the door.
At that point, out of precaution for everyone's safety after the man lit the chair on fire, police evacuated the neighboring units and forced entry to his apartment.
Jonathan Burgos, 30, was then arrested after a brief struggle.
Following, processing he was transported to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation.
Burgos is charged with attempted burglary, criminal mischief by fire, unlawful possession of a weapon, obstruction and terroristic threats overseen by Jackson Police Detective Derek Thomason who coordinated the charges with the Ocean County Prosecutors Office.