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Published On: Mon, Feb 11th, 2013

Florida boy, age 11, arrested on arson charges

An 11-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after, police say, he set several fires to his home and other houses in the New Port Richey Florida area in the past few months. N

Neighbors have made at least 11 emergency calls since July 2011, a New Port Richey police report states.

Crime Scene Tape photo/editted pic from FBI.gov

Crime Scene Tape photo/editted pic from FBI.gov

In the past week, police responded to four calls.

The boy was setting fire to sheds, trees, chairs, a lattice, a wheelbarrow and a house, the report states.

Police interviewed the boy during several calls but were never able to obtain enough evidence for an arrest. Police staked out the area Wednesday night when they caught the boy in the act and arrested him, the report states.

He admitted starting six fires and was booked in the Juvenile Assessment Center on six charges of arson.

“He has no remorse,” said Cpl. Daniel Durivou, with the New Port Richey Police Department.  “In my opinion, he is a sociopath.”

The boy, according to authorities, admitted to setting six fires.

“Legitimately, every night, we were on a first name basis with neighbors. that is how often we were there,” Durivou said.

According to police, the boy’s grandmother would cover up his crimes and even put out fires he started.  One neighbor described the boy and his family members as mentally challenged.

“She would make excuses like, ‘He was at home with me,’ or ‘He was in bed,'” Durivou explained.  Durivou said the grandmother swore at officers when they arrested her grandson.

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