UPDATE: Suspect in Children and Youth Services Firebombing in Court Today

"Person of interest" Philip Finn had a custody hearing for his daughter.

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- The man called a "person of interest" in the recent firebombing at a Luzerne County Children and Youth Services was in court today.

Philip Finn had a custody hearing for his daughter. It's the custody issue that police say prompted him to make threats against C.Y.S. caseworkers.

"No comment."

That's what Philip Finn had to say when Eyewitness News Reporter Andy Mehalshick arrived at the courthouse today.

The I-Team has confirmed that Finn is the focus of a police investigation into an arson at the offices of Children and Youth services two weeks ago.

Early on the morning of March 6th, someone threw a firebomb through back windows at C.Y.S. on North Pennsylvania Avenue. The security video shows two flashes coming from within the offices at around 5:30 in the morning.

Police confirm Finn is the prime suspect for the crime.

According to court documents, Finn was arrested last Thursday night on charges of allegedly making verbal threats against two caseworkers who went to his Plains Township home on March 3rd. They were there to talk about today's court hearing.

According to arrest papers, Finn asked if Joanne Van Saun was still the director of the agency and that he had problems with her in the past.

The documents say he said, "I'm going to take care of her and I mean take care of her. I'm going to settle this."

According to those same court documents, during that confrontation, Finn looked at his daughter and said:

"Maybe I will get to use that new assault rifle I have."

When our I-Team Leader Andy Mehalshick spoke to Finn on his way out of court, he continued to hide his face and say:

"Today is my daughter's birthday, you can talk to my attorney ... I have no other comment," when asked how it went with the custody of his daughter and if he denies making threats against C.Y.S. and the firebombing.

Finn has not been charged with the firebombing. Police are still investigating the attack.

He remains locked up facing terroristic threat charges. Bail has been set at $300,000. If convicted on the terroristic threat charges, Finn faces ten to 20 years in prison.


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