A disgruntled 29-year-old former employee has been charged with arson and burglary after being accused of burning his uncles' sign shop in Downingtown last year and spray-painting racist graffiti to throw off suspicion, police said.
Police said Michael Norley Jr., whose last known address was on East Lemon Street in Lititz, Lancaster County, filled plastic Gatorade bottles with gasoline, broke into the store, and set the fires. Norley had previously filed false workers' compensation claims and was upset when they were denied, police said.
He is already in police custody for attacking one of his uncles with a hammer this month, police said. Norley was arrested and charged with attempted homicide. After his arrest, Norley confessed to the arson and graffiti, police said. He will be arraigned on the new charges, and a preliminary hearing will be set, police said.