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Arson charge added in Rosehaven Manor case

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(01/16/13) - A former security guard at Flint's Rosehaven Manor, has been charged with arson in connection with an August fire there.

Matthew Jones, of Flushing, was already charged with breaking into and stealing from the homes of senior citizens at the facility.

The arson charge was added Wednesday during what was supposed to be his preliminary exam. Jones waived his right to have the hearing and was bound over to circuit court for trial on all three charges.

Jones now heads to circuit court on charges he intentionally set fire to the Flint senior living facility to cover up crimes committed inside in August.

It was the second fire to sweep through the retirement community in just four months.

During that first fire in April, more than 100 seniors had to evacuate. Thirty-six homes were destroyed. The damage was estimated at around $3 million.

Fire investigators believe a cigarette or burned pots on a balcony started the massive fire then.

Police believe Jones is behind the August fire. Fire investigators allege he broke into at least three apartments and then set fire to the building to cover up the crimes.

Police say they have surveillance video of him in a stairwell right before the fire was reported.  

They say they also have evidence pointing to items from the apartments being pawned.

Jones has a Mt. Morris Township case pending in circuit court as well. He's charged with armed robbery and unlawful imprisonment.

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