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Rental Rage: Landlord in Pennsylvania Accused of Arson Over Broken Washer-Dryer

Penn. Man Arrested for Allegedly Setting Tenants' Home Ablaze: Cops
Source: Unsplash; West Earl Township Police Department

Ronald Frisbie III reportedly got upset with his tenants after they broke the washer and dryer, so the landlord set the home on fire, police said.

Apr. 3 2024, Published 12:02 p.m. ET

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A landlord in Pennsylvania has been arrested after he allegedly lit his tenants’ home on fire following a dispute with them, according to authorities.

Around 2:15 a.m. on March 23, officers responded to a home in Akron in reference to a “civil issue,” according to the West Earl Township Police Department.

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Officials said 28-year-old Ronald Frisbie III, the landlord, got upset with his tenants after they allegedly broke a washer and dryer machine.

Police said they “handled the situation” and officers left about 25 minutes later.

Around 2:44 a.m., officers were called back to the scene for a reported arson.

At the scene, police learned Frisbie used a keypad door lock to enter the apartment he rented out to his tenants.

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Frisbie then reportedly lit a cardboard box on fire, and the apartment filled with smoke. A witness extinguished the flames, and the box was removed from the home and placed outside.

Fire personnel responded to the scene and confirmed the flames were fully out, and they aired out the apartment, officials said.


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Frisbie was arrested and charged with arson, burglary and two counts of reckless endangerment of another person, according to authorities.

He was booked into the Lancaster County Prison and bail was set at $75,000.


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