On Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 at approximately 0031 hours, the Bloomsburg Police Department was dispatched to the 400 block of East 8th Street for a suspicious person. County Communications relayed to Officers the complainant stated they saw someone roaming around their backyard. A second call to dispatch advised the male suspect attempted to set their porch on fire but the resident was able to put the fire out.
Officers arrived on scene and reviewed the victim's video surveillance footage and observed the suspect attempted to light a fire on a stack of pallets under the deck and the steps of the deck with a liquid combustible. Officers were able to determine the direction the suspect had fled and set up a perimeter. Officer Edgar deployed his tracking K9 Miso and was able to track the suspect to his residence. Officers made contact with a Michael J. Bozung II at the residence, who was found to match the suspect description on the video and was wearing the same shorts and sneakers as the suspect.
Michael Bozung was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Arson (Felony 1), Risking a Catastrophe (Felony 3) and Recklessly Endangering Another Person (Misdemeanor 2). Bozung was lodged at the Columbia County Prison.
The Bloomsburg Police Department was assisted with the investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal.