Medina Police arrest Santa House arson suspect

MEDINA, Ohio — Following up on several tips, Medina Police detectives have arrested 23-year-old Tristan Rosen, of Akron, in connection with a June 6 fire at the building housing city’s “Santa House” Christmas display.

Medina Police and Medina Fire Department personnel responded to the fire call at 410 E. Smith Road at approximately 11:20 p.m. June 6. The fire was brought under control, but not before the building and all of its contents was destroyed. The complete loss was valued at more $100,000.

The city-owned storage barn contained the Santa’s House, a decorative box trailer used during the annual Medina Candlelight Walk festivities.

Suspicious fire

The fire was almost immediately classified as “suspicious” by the fire department. Tips led police to name Rosen as a suspect and, according to a Sept. 8 Medina Police Department release, “throughout the investigation, detectives discovered additional evidence to support Rosen’s responsibility in setting the fire.”

The release went on to state that Rosen admitted to setting the fire in subsequent interviews with detectives. Rosen was arrested Sept. 3 and charged with aggravated arson, a felony of the first degree, and arson, a felony of the fourth degree.

Rosen remains incarcerated at the Medina County Jail pending trial.

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