Published May 24, 2013
A New Jersey police officer with a history of disciplinary issues reportedly firebombed the home of his supervisor, authorities said.
Michael Dotro, 35, a 10-year veteran of the Edison Police Department, allegedly used an incendiary device to set fire to the Monroe Township home of Edison Police Department Capt. Mark Anderko while Anderko and his family slept at around 4 a.m. Monday, NJ.com reports.
Anderko, his wife, his two children and his 92-year-old mother escaped unharmed, but the two-story colonial-style home was heavily damaged.
Acting Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said the investigation was ongoing. A judge set bail at $5 million cash, NJ.com reports.
Dotro’s attorney, Lawrence Bitterman, said he was stunned by the arrest.
“I’ve spoken to him, and he adamantly denies any involvement and expressed his condolences to the Anderko family,” Bitterman told the newspaper. “He is sickened at the thought of someone doing this to a brother officer, or anyone else, for that matter.”
Dotro, who reportedly earns $118,000 annually, was suspended immediately without pay. He was charged with five counts of attempted murder and aggravated arson. He is expected to be arraigned Friday, NJ.com reports.