FULL OWNERSHIP – A local man has been arrested and charged with allegedly starting three fires at Red Bank and robbing a pharmacy in Little Silver, crimes which all occurred approximately 12 hours apart earlier this week, the police said on Thursday. Acting Monmouth County District Attorney Lori Linskey.
Anthony Sambogna, 24, of Red Bank, is charged with second degree robbery and three counts of second degree arson.
The first of three arson attacks took place at around 12:25 p.m. on Monday July 25, when an accelerant was used to start a small fire in the car park of Red Bank Catholic Secondary School on the 100 block of Broad Street; the fire extinguished itself before the police arrived a few minutes later. Later the same day, at approximately 11:20 p.m., an accelerant was used to ignite a second fire along the exterior natural gas meter lines leading to the back of a bagel shop in the 300 block of Broad Street . This fire also self-extinguished after initially going unreported, but a second fire ignited on shrubbery in the same location just over an hour later; it was extinguished by a responding police officer using a fire extinguisher.
An investigation involving members of the district attorney’s office and the Red Bank Police Department led to the identification of Sambogna as a suspect in the incidents, and he was arrested without incident in the 600 block of Branch Avenue in Little Silver early in the afternoon of Tuesday July. 26. He was subsequently confined to Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI) pending a detention hearing in Monmouth County Superior Court. The investigation also found that Sambogna allegedly robbed a pharmacy on Prospect Avenue in Little Silver around 5:25 p.m. the day before his arrest, threatening an employee while demanding that he empty the contents of a cash register.
Particularly in light of the repetitive nature of these offenses, anyone with information about these or similar incidents is urged to contact MCPO Detective Aaron Shaw at 800-533-7443 or Red Bank Police Department Sgt. . James Deponte at 732-530-2700. Two images of the accused, including a driver’s license photo and a more recent photo, are distributed with this press release.
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“Many thanks to all of the various personnel involved in this collaborative investigation that led to the arrest and charges against this accused. The speed and diligence shown by all involved in this investigation is appreciated, especially in light of the deeply dangerous and disturbing driving that could easily have resulted in a tragic outcome,” Acting Prosecutor Linskey said.
The case was assigned to Monmouth County Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogner, Director of the Bureau’s Major Crimes Bureau. Information on Sambogna’s legal representation was not immediately available.
Despite these charges, each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt at the conclusion of a trial in which the defendants enjoy all rights to a trial guaranteed by the US Constitution and state law.