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May 24, 2013
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NJ cop arrested for firebombing captain's home

The captain, his wife, children, and mother made it out safely, but the home is severely damaged

By PoliceOne Staff

EDISON, N.J. — An officer with a history of disciplinary problems was charged Thursday with five counts of attempted murder after firebombing his captain’s house.

Michael Dotro, 35, allegedly used an incendiary device to set fire to the home of Captain Mark Anderko Monday morning, according to

Anderko, his wife, his two young children and his 92-year-old mother all escaped unharmed, but their home was badly damaged.

“I find it utterly incomprehensible to believe that Mike, who I’ve known in his capacity as PBA representative, could ever be involved in anything like this,” lawyer Lawrence Bitterman said.

“I’ve spoken to him, and he adamantly denies any involvement and expresses his condolences to the Anderko family. He is sickened at the thought of someone doing this to a brother officer, or anyone else, for that matter.”

Dotro has previously been accused of brutality, assault, and the theft of a police car, but has never been charged, according to the article. 

Dotro is being held on five million dollars bail. 

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