WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — Investigators say that a man who is facing charges in a fatal fire that killed 16-year-old Chassidy Broadstone was the person seen carrying a gas can and started the fire.
Zackary Gurd is facing an aggravated murder charge, and police are now looking for him.
Also charged are Brendan Daviduk and Patricia Zarlingo. Investigators say cellphone information led them to a house on Manchester Avenue in Youngstown, where the two were arrested Wednesday.
Daviduk and Zarlingo had their initial appearance in Common Pleas Court Thursday afternoon. They are being held without bond.
Investigators credit the public for calling in tips that helped identify the suspects in the case.
“Because of community cooperation, this was solved,” said Warren Assistant Law Director Traci Timko.
According to a court affidavit, Zarlingo, who has a child with the fiance of Broadstone’s mother, told investigators that she had been feuding with her child’s father and his fiance and they went to the house on Nevada to “steal items” to anger him.
According to the court document, both Zarlingo and Daviduk admitted to being at the house.
“What we were able to see on the video was when they went into the house, they came out carrying a TV, so they were in there with one purpose, and during the course of it, the arson took place, taking the life of Chassidy,” Timko said.
Chassidy and her two sisters were home Jan. 19 at the house on Nevada Avenue when the fire was set. Chassidy’s sisters were able to escape, but Chassidy was found dead in an upstairs bathroom.
Detectives have been treating the investigation into Broadstone’s death as a homicide.
According to court records, Gurd was identified as the man seen on surveillance video at the scene of the crime. Investigators say he was seen on video carrying a gas can in the house, and they believe he started the fire.
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Detective Mike Altiere said he hopes for continued community cooperation to help locate Gurd.
As for Zarlingo and Daviduk, they’re due back in court on February 10.