Man Arrested After Burning Halloween Display

Last week, police in Chicago arrested a man for setting fire to the Halloween decorations at one North Center home and cutting off the heads of the decorations at a second, CBS News reported.

Mario Munoz, 34, was arrested last Tuesday after being identified as the person who, on October 11, set fire to decorations outside a home on the 2200 block of West Roscoe.

Police received a call last Wednesday morning from someone who recognized Munoz as the suspect in a series of arsons of Halloween decorations.

Munoz was also the individual captured on a doorbell camera cutting off the heads of inflatable Halloween decorations on October 12 at a home on the 4100 block of North Maplewood, according to the police report.

Munoz faces a charge of felony arson and a misdemeanor count of criminal damage and was scheduled to appear in court last Wednesday afternoon.

According to Chicago Police, there have been eight separate incidents between October 4 and October 15 in which a suspect set fire to sidewalk Halloween displays and garbage cans.

In mid-October, CBS News reported that a man set fire to decorations in front of a multi-unit building on the 3600 block of North Hoyne.

Additionally, two of the scarecrows displayed as part of the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce’s “Scarecrow Showdown” for local businesses were also burned.

Matt Martin the Alderman from the 47th Ward sent out a statement to North Side residents announcing Munoz’s arrest and thanking residents and local businesses for their help in providing evidence to police during the investigation, WTTW reported.

It was not clear if Munoz would face charges for the other Halloween decoration arsons on the North Side.