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Man, teenage boy accused of setting St. Pete house on fire

ST. PETERSBURG — A 20-year-old man was arrested Friday after police said he broke into an unoccupied home with a 14-year-old boy and set it on fire with a Bic lighter.

Taqueze D. Washington, of St. Petersburg, broke through a rear window at 4927 4th Avenue S. with a teenage accomplice on Wednesday, set the bed on fire, stole unspecified items and ran, according to St. Petersburg police.

The 14-year-old, whom the Times is not naming because he is a minor, also was arrested.

No one was home when Washington started the blaze, which damaged "all contents in the house," officers said. He later confessed to setting the fire.

Washington faces charges of trespassing, burglary and second-degree arson.

He remained in the Pinellas County Jail Saturday in lieu of $10,250 bail.

Man, teenage boy accused of setting St. Pete house on fire 07/13/13 [Last modified: Saturday, July 13, 2013 5:54pm]
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