East Orange police officer Kareem Spence, 34, of South Plainfield was arrested and indicted on charges of arson, insurance fraud, and attempted theft by deception, Essex County Prosecutor’s office announced.
Spence was arrested today, March 31, at approximately 10:30 am at East Orange Police Headquarters after a three-count indictment was unsealed on March 30, 2010.
The indictment charges that Spence, who has been with the East Orange Police Department for approximately six years, set his 2002 Cadillac Coupe DeVille on fire on May 2, 2009 in Irvington to collect insurance money. Allegedly, gasoline soaked towels were discovered in the trunk of the vehicle, where the blaze started.
If convicted of all the charges, Spence faces up to 25 years in prison. Bail was set at $25,000; Spence is being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility.
And in other police news, a grand jury said Caldwell police officer Darryl Elder, 37, was justified in shooting and killing a man who had just stabbed his girlfriend.