Norwich police have filed a witness tampering charge against a 19-year-old man suspected of setting two fires at vacant buildings in Norwich last year.
Police said Matthew Markham, 19, formerly of Norwich, is also accused of offering a “significant” amount of money to a witness in the arson case against him.
Markham has been State of Connecticut Department of Corrections custody since July 25, 2012, when he was arrested and charged with burning vacant apartment buildings at 7-9 Oak Street and 11 Lake Street.
According to court documents, he has been charged with first-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief and third-degree burglary.
The fire at 7-9 Oak Street on March 26, 2012 caused major damage and the building was a total loss, police said, and three other apartment buildings that were occupied were also severely damaged.
Two dozen people were displaced and two Norwich firefighters sustained minor injuries while fighting the fire.
The fire on March 29, 2012 at 11 Lake Street also caused major damage to the vacant multi-family building.
Markham has been charged with tampering with a witness and was held on an additional $100,000 bond. He will be arraigned today at New London Superior Court. No additional arrests are anticipated.
Police ask anyone with information about the fires to call the Norwich Police Department’s Tip Line at 860-886-5561, Extension 500, or the Connecticut Arson Hot Line at 800-84ARSON.