Responding in the early morning hours Monday to a report of a fire on the front porch of a North Plum Street home, Princeton police officers ending up making two arrests in relation to attempted arson and gunshots fired at the home.
According to a release from the Princeton Police Department, officers discovered damage to the home from gunfire as well as the blaze allegedly set on the porch. The investigation led them to two suspects in the case.
The first, James A. Butler Jr., 30, was found hiding in the attic of a home on Cooper Circle. He was reportedly in possession of a backpack that contained marijuana, scales and a handgun. Police also reported a can of gasoline was also found in the attic.
Butler was taken into custody on multiple warrants from other counties and in relation to the Princeton case and was charged with first-degree arson, first-degree wanton endangerment, trafficking in marijuana, possession of a controlled substance not in its proper container and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
Through the investigation, Jacori L. Thompson, 20, of Princeton was found to be complicit in Monday's case, police said. Thompson was arrested and charged with first-degree complicity to arson and first-degree wanton endangerment.