Indicted arson suspect is facing more charges

WARREN – A teen accused of orchestrating the blaze that destroyed the “Dragon Wagon” is expected to be arraigned today on arson charges in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court and was charged Wednesday in Niles Municipal Court on felony charges connected to a June incident at a landscaping company.

A 2:30 a.m. Aug. 19 fire destroyed the Niles Dragon Wagon in the Niles McKinley High School Bo Rein Stadium where the Niles Football Mothers sell Red Dragon merchandise to raise money for students.

A Trumbull County grand jury indicted Mohn Tuesday on two fourth-degree felony charges of arson and two fifth-degree felony charges of breaking and entering. He is scheduled to appear before Judge Ronald J. Rice today and is being held in lieu of a $25,000 bond in the Trumbull County Jail, where he has been since his arrest Aug. 26, according to jail and court records.

Mohn did not enter a plea Wednesday in Niles Municipal Court, where Weathersfield police charged him with fifth-degree felony vandalism and breaking and entering.

Police were called 12:56 a.m. June 25 to Southside Landscaping, 1806 Warren Ave., where a front loader, two pickup trucks and an out building were damaged or destroyed, according to reports. Other items inside the business were reported stolen.

Mohn is scheduled to appear Oct. 5 in Niles Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing on the June incident.

Following the fire at the high school, police also charged three juveniles with two charges of breaking and entering and one charge of arson in family court – Brandon Swiger, 16, of Niles; Desmond Behner, 17, of Warren; and Zachary Robinson, 15, of Warren, according to Niles police.

Charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor originally filed against Mohn were referred to the Family Court.

The school district is seeking restitution from the accused.

Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen said she would like the district to recoup the $5,000 insurance deductible. The structure was worth about $8,000, and the merchandise was worth about $2,000.

The football stand will be rebuilt in the spring, Thigpen said. While design elements haven’t been set, the district is interested in erecting a more permanent structure, she said.

Surveillance cameras have been installed since the fire, Thigpen said.

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