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Police: Man set fire to house, robbed man weeks later

Published On: Jul 23 2014 08:47:03 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 23 2014 08:47:25 AM EDT

An Allentown man is facing numerous charges after officials say he set an apartment on fire, then weeks later robbed a man.

Police said 26-year-old Irving Morel kicked in the door of a rear apartment at 36 S. 10th Street in Allentown, then set fire in at least three locations of the home.

Fire crews arrived at the scene June 30th to find heavy smoke and fire in the kitchen/living area,, but were able to quickly put it out.


On Tuesday, Jermaine Day told police he was robbed by several people early Sunday in the 1800 block of Maple Street.

Day identified Morel as one of the people who robbed him, along with three other men.

The victim told police he saw the men coming down an alley, and one of them fired a shot. He tried to run, but when he fell, the robbers went through his pockets and took his wallet, $150, a ring and a watch, police esaid.

According to court documents, Morel told two of his friends to rob Day because Morel was upset because he said Day stole money and drugs from his cousin about two weeks before.

Morel was charged with arson, criminal trespassing, risking catastrophe, robbery, theft by unlawful taking and related charges.

He was taken to Lehigh County Prison under $100,000 bail.