Two Arrested in Connection with Parma Fire-Bombing

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Parma Police have arrested two men in connection with an aggravated arson that took place in the early morning hours of January 23, 2012 along Russell Avenue.

Det. Marty Compton tells Fox 8 News that David J. Piskura, 30, of Cleveland Heights, and Anthony T. Veto, 28, of Broadview Heights, were both arrested at separate location on Tuesday morning for their alleged role in the crime.

According to Det. Compton, Piskura and Veto used Molotov cocktails to light fire to the home. Det. Compton says the two men used either a rock or a sledge hammer to break windows of the home to assure that the flammable liquid got inside.

Three adults were inside the Russell Avenue home when the accelerant was thrown through the windows. According to Det. Compton, one of the individuals was a former girlfriend of Veto’s.

All three adults were able to escape unharmed, but the flames caused heavy damage to the home.

A search warrant at Veto’s Broadview Heights residence recovered items authorities believe were used in the crime.

Both Veto and Piskura will face multiple counts of aggravated arson said Det. Compton, as well as any additional charges Cuyahoga County prosecutors bring against the men.

Each count of aggravated arson carries a potential penalty of 3-10 years in prison.