Antioch Police have reported the arrest of two juveniles in arson that destroyed a play structure at the Antioch City Park.
On Monday, September 17th at 10:40 in the evening, Anitoch police responded to a fire reported at the City Park, at 1000 A Street. According to a press release, the Contra Costa County Fire Department was already on scene extinguishing a large fire at the toddler play structure. They got the fire out, but not before the structure had been completely destroyed. At that time, officers and firefighters could not determine a cause of the fire.
The police were sent a tip from a citizen that the fire had been set intentionally, and their investigation led to the arrest of two juvenile boys, a 17-year-old and 14-year-old, both of Antioch. Police have not released a motive for the actions, other than simple vandalism. Both boys are now being held at the Juvenile Detention Facility in Martinez.
The City Park had undergone a renovation in 2008, and the playground was designed by schoolchildren and installed by volunteers. Fortunately the city is insured and plans to rebuild as soon as possible. TakeBackAntioch.com, a community citizen’s organization established to fight crime and blight in their town, has also started a fundraiser to help rebuild the playground. An event will be held this weekend, along with a raffle. Details are available on their website.
Anyone who may have any additional information about this case are encouraged to call detective Matt Koch at 925-779-6895. Anonymous tips may be texted to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.
Photo courtesy Facebook/Take Back Antioch
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