A man arrested on drug charges in Fair Haven on Tuesday morning admitted to playing a role in the fire that killed a mother, her young son and her niece in March in New Haven, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“(T)his defendant has admitted on tape to a fatal arson that happened on March 9 this year,” Deputy U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daily said in court, the New Haven Register reports.
The U.S.Attorney's office confirmed that Daily said this about defendant Hector Natal, 25, of New Haven.
Wanda Roberson, 42, her 8-year-old son, Quayshawn, and her 18-year-old niece Jaqueeta Roberson, were killed when someone set fire to a multifamily house at 48-50 Wolcott St. in New Haven on March 9, police said. Eight other people were injured in the tragic fire.
As the search for the person responsible went on, the FBI offered up to $25,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.
In March, the Connecticut Arson Tip Program offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.
On Tuesday, the FBI swarmed the house of Hector Natal’s girlfriend and charged him with drug offenses, the Register reports. He has not been charged with arson.
Natal, who goes by "Boom Boom," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, was arrested on a federal criminal complaint charging him with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base.
Natal’s girlfriend and father told the Register that he was not responsible for the arson.