Former resident charged with arson after fire destroys East Naples home

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Peter Bedrosian (Credit: CCSO booking photo)

Collier County deputies arrested a former resident of a home that burned in the Naples Estates community in East Naples on Tuesday.

At around 6 p.m., Collier County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a house fire in the 100 block of Elmwood Lane in Naples Estates.

A CCSO report states Peter Bedrosian used to live in the home and was evicted in November of 2019. Witnesses at the scene of the fire told deputies they saw Bedrosian fleeing shortly before the fire started.

A deputy found Bedrosian, 65, driving in the area of Triangle Boulevard and US-41 and stopped him. The report states Bedrosian had cuts on his arms and blood on his shirt, which he said were caused by his cat. He denied having been at the house that burned, but surveillance footage from the neighborhood showed him there around the time of the fire, deputies said.

A state fire marshal said a brick was found on the floor of the bedroom where the fire started and there was the “odor of an accelerant” present.

Bedrosian is charged with arson of an unoccupied dwelling. He remains in custody at the Collier County Jail.


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