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Published on May 19, 2024
Haddonfield Man Charged with Arson and Stalking in Series of Incidents Dating Back to 2017Source: Unsplash/ niu niu

A Haddonfield man's spree of alleged arson and stalking that terrorized a neighborhood has finally been curtailed with his arrest, according to officials. Michael McNeely, 42, faces charges including second-degree arson and fourth-degree stalking after a string of incidents targeting a home on the 1000 block of Concord Circle, as reported by FOX 29 News. The Haddon Township resident was apprehended after authorities linked him to a vehicle fire in October 2023.

Prior allegations of McNeely’s misconduct include Criminal Mischief in a 2019 case where a concrete block was hurled through the same home's window, in addition to a series of stalking-related vandalism extending from 2019 through 2023 in Haddonfield and Medford Township, as News 12 Long Island detailed; police investigations uncovered two other vehicle fires at the residence in 2017 and 2021, intensifying the scare among residents and compiling the stakes for the suspect.

In their pursuit of the perpetrator, investigators employed digital evidence to zero in on McNeely as their suspect, this information was made public by NBC Philadelphia. Surveillance video from the most recent October 2023 incident reportedly captured a figure pouring gasoline on a car and igniting it, leading to McNeely's eventual arrest on Friday.

Interestingly, the property on Concord Circle seems to have repeatedly drawn McNeely’s attention over a span of several years, marking it with recurring car fires that began in 2017 and continued with disturbing frequency up to the latest event; the 2017 and 2021 car fires remain under active investigation, police sources tell us. Authorities are actively seeking additional information and urge anyone with knowledge to come forward, contact can be made with Detective Jason Roland of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office or other regional law enforcement officials.