Middle Township PD

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — A Swainton man was arrested Monday after he shot off flares at houses, police said.

About 6 a.m. Monday, the officers responded to the 300 block of West Anna Street in Whitesboro and the 300 block of Goshen Road in Cape May Court House for a report that homes there had been shot with flares, police said.

The house on West Anna Street had damage to the front of the residence and a window was broken, police said.

At the house on Goshen Road, a flare was shot through a window and caught the carpet on fire. Burn marks were discovered on the outside of the building, and smoke filled the living room, police said.

Police investigated and arrested James Dehainaut, 19, charging him with two counts of first-degree aggravated arson, two counts of first-degree employing a juvenile in a crime, two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of aggravated assault.

Two juveniles were involved in the incidents. Their arrests are pending, police said.

Dehainaut was sent to the Cape May County jail.

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