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September 19th, 2013
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Newberry Township Man Charged with Attempted Homicide

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Written by: Lt. David Lash
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Thomas Funk

Previously reported;

On 08.07.2013 at 0243 hours the Northern York County Regional Police Department responded to the 2900 block of Deep Hollow Road in Dover Township for a report of a residential structure fire.

Investigation found that a blue plastic container containing an unknown accelerant was set ablaze adjacent to the the home.  The fire spread from the plastic container and through the mulch bed and onto the home.  The fire damaged the siding on the home and charred the wooden deck and railing.

Three vehicles parked at the home had their tires slashed.  Graffiti on the vehicles indicates that this was not a random act and that the occupants of the home were targeted.

None of the  people in the home at the time of the fire were injured.  The interior of the home sustained smoke and water damage.

The Pennsylvania State Police and the York County Fire Investigation Team are assisting with the investigation

UPDATE:

On 09.11.2013 the Northern York County Regional Police Department arrested Thomas M. Funk age 25 of 700 Cassel Road in Newberry Township in relation to this incident.  Funk is the former love interest of one of the females that was inside the residence at the time of the fire.  Funk set fire to the home utilizing a mixture of flammable liquids that were stored in a 5 quart motor oil container.  There were 4 adults and 5 children (ages 18 months to 14 years) in the home at the time of the incident.  Through investigation Funk was tied to a car that responding Officers noticed on the night of the fire.

Thomas M. Funk has been arraigned on the following charges;

  • Criminal Attempt Homicide – 9 counts
  • Aggravated Assault – 9 counts
  • Arson – Danger of Death or Bodily Injury – 1 Count
  • Causing or Risking a Catastrophe – 1 Count
  • Terroristic Threats – 1 Count
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person – 9 Counts

Funk is currently at the York County Prison in lieu of $1,000,000.00 bail.

The investigation into this incident continues.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Northern York County Regional Police Department at 717.292.3647 or use the crime tip reporting portion of this website.

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