INDIANA TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A man accused of setting fire to his Indiana Township property has been located by police.
Richard Radovich, 52, is now being held in the Allegheny County Jail.
After a daylong manhunt, police managed to track him down Thursday and get him behind bars.
A double-wide mobile home, a detached garage and a dump truck all burned after authorities say Radovich allegedly set his property on fire Wednesday morning.
Kari Perlebach lives nearby.
“I think he snapped. I think he snapped and that was it. He was done with all of it,” Perlebach said.
Perlebach has lived on Melody Lane in Indiana Township for 12 years.
She says she always got along with Radovich, but she says he was a loner.
“It was 9 in the morning. I was getting ready to go to work and I heard it all. This commotion back here; I looked out the window and saw all this smoke,” Perlebach said.
By the time firefighters arrived, Perlebach says everything had burned to the ground.
“We told them Richie had a gun and he took off in the woods that way behind us. So that’s when the helicopters all started and they brought the dogs in to find him,” Perlebach said.
Police interviewed a few witnesses that live nearby.
One witness, a neighbor, told police Radovich came to their home before the fire Wednesday morning.
He allegedly told that neighbor, “I just want to tell you, I did it. I’m tired of it. I already did it.”
The witness followed Radovich to his home and saw flames.
“He’s told him that no one’s gonna get it. My sisters aren’t getting the house. I’m gonna burn it to the ground first, and he told them they’re not re-possessing his truck. He locked it in the garage and lit it all up,” Perelbach said.
Perlebach says she’s breathing a sigh of relief.
“I’m glad that they got him and he’s in jail so I don’t have to worry tonight that he’s gonna come back up here and do something else crazy,” Perlebach said.
Radovich has been charged with arson.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 3.