Man charged with arson for lighting soap dispenser on fire in a Wauwatosa building

April 30, 2014

Jonathon Butterfield, 18, of Milwaukee, was charged with arson in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on April 24. He is accused of starting a soap dispenser on fire in the lower-level men's bathroom of Family Options Counseling, 3015 N. 114th St., after his therapy session on Thursday, April 17.

According to the criminal complaint, Butterfield asked to use the bathroom after meeting with his psychologist and was escorted by a front office employee to the lobby. A short time later, smoke was discovered.

The bathroom walls, ceiling and bathroom door suffered about $5,000 worth of damage.

Butterfield told officers he started the fire because "he wanted to see what would happen," the complaint states.

He said he did not intend for the whole building to catch fire or for anyone to get hurt.


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