MONTICELLO – A 50-year-old homeless man is in the Sullivan County
Jail without bail after he allegedly started a fire in a building at the
former Monticello Manor in an attempt to dry his clothing and the building
The blaze destroyed the three-story building.
Robert Latino was charged with felony arson and misdemeanors of criminal
trespass and obstructing governmental administration.
When firefighters arrived on the scene just before 2 p.m. on Saturday,
they were hampered by a snow covered driveway leading to the unoccupied
Officers spotted fresh footprints in the snow leading away from the building
and followed the tracks through the woods for about a half mile before
catching up to Latino.
He smelled from smoke and his boots were burned when arrested.
Sullivan County Sheriff’s deputies and a State Police K-9 unit assisted
Monticello Police with Latino’s arrest.
The Sullivan County Bureau of Fire also assisted in the investigation.