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LCCC arson suspect arrested


ELYRIA — Drew Manns, the man being accused of starting a February 2009 fire at Lorain County Community College, was arrested at 2 p.m. Saturday after he allegedly fled the area, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Manns was arrested by the Elyria Police Department and taken to Lorain County Jail, but Elyria police had no details about his arrest Saturday night.

Manns, 29, is facing a theft charge out of Elyria Municipal Court for allegedly withdrawing $7,000 from his mother’s bank account on Monday.

According to court records, Manns’ mother, Wanda Campolo, said Manns had taken her cell phone and submerged it in water and then left. Campolo reported the theft from her bank account on Tuesday, and prosecutors believed that Manns would not show for his Aug. 5 pretrial in the arson case.

Manns is accused of causing more than $8.4 million in damage to LCCC.

He was originally charged with arson in 2009, but the charge was dropped before he was sent to jail so police and fire officials could do more work on the investigation.

He was charged with aggravated arson charges in July 2012 after investigators gathered evidence including security surveillance footage, which Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said in an earlier interview links Manns, who wasn’t a student at the college, to the fire that is believed by investigators th have been intentionally set.

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