Liberty man charged with arson for allegedly starting fire at pub

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Mateo Rodriguez

VILLAGE OF LIBERTY – Police have charged a Liberty man with arson for allegedly igniting a can of gas under the rear porch of the Liberty Pub Bar on Edgar Street knowing people were in the building.

Mateo Rodriguez was arrested on Tuesday following an investigation into the fire that was started around 10 p.m.

He was also charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, all as felonies.

His arrest followed an investigation by the Liberty Village Police and the Sullivan County Bureau of Fire.