A Barrett Township man wanted by police for allegedly torching two vehicles at an apartment complex in Cresco on Wednesday was arrested Thursday after leading police on a chase through several areas in a car driven by his mother, Pocono Mountain Regional Police said Friday.
Eric Funk, 30, of Cresco, was caught near the Analomink Post Office and charged with arson, criminal mischief, possessing instruments of crime, terroristic threats and reckless endangerment, Police Chief Chris Wagner said in a news release.
He was arrested as he attempted to flee from a car, driven by his mother Lori Funk, 62, of Cresco, that police had chased through several jurisdictions.
The charges stemmed from two car fires reported shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the Cresco apartment building. Wagner said witnesses at the scene reported they saw Eric Funk walk up to the vehicles, douse them with an accelerant and set them on fire.
One of the fires was extinguished by the witnesses but the other vehicle that had been set on fire was destroyed, Wagner said.
Police filed the arson and related charges against Funk but they were not able to find him that day. The next day police checked an area where they believed Eric Funk frequented and they spotted his mother, Lori Funk, driving in the vicinity. Wagner said.
Wagner said the officers then saw Eric Funk run to the car and enter the passenger side. The chase began when the police tried to stop the car, Wagner said. The officers were assisted by Stroud Area Regional Police.
Wagner said police determined Eric Funk had a "past relationship" with one of victims whose car was burned, though he did not elaborate.