July 15, 2021
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On July 14, 2021 at approximately 1:38 PM Hamilton Township Police Officers were dispatched along with the Hamilton Fire Department to the Winding Brook Apartments located on Bradford Avenue on a report of a fire. The caller could see fire and smoke in one of the apartments and hear the fire alarm sounding. Upon arrival with the Fire Department, heavy black smoke was observed coming from the front door of one of the apartments. As firefighters tended to the fire, Officers located the resident of the apartment outside. After investigation it was determined the fire was started in the kitchen of the apartment. The resident had set fire to paper and a hand mixer on top of the stove. The fire was contained to the kitchen. Several other units had smoke damage. The resident was arrested by Police. The Hamilton Police would also like to thank the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Officer, Hamilton Fire Department, and Hamilton Fire Marshall for their assistance in the investigation.
The resident was identified as Charles Page, 58, of Hamilton. He was charged with Aggravated Arson, Obstructing the Administration of Law, and Resisting Arrest.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Chris Pullen of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4080 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.
Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.