Man in custody for suspected arson of city councilwoman’s home

City Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez. Credit: Sanchez
City Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez was not at home when the burglary occurred. Credit: Provided

Police believe the man responsible for breaking into Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez’s North Philadelphia home, stealing stole some of her jewelry and then sparking a blaze inside, is in custody.

Edwin Diana, 23, of the 2100 block of Palethorpe Street, turned himself in to police over the weekend. He was charged with burglary, arson and related offenses.

Police said Diana lit the blaze around 5:30 a.m. on March 28 at Quinones-Sanchez’s former home on the 2000 block of North Hancock Street.

Neither the councilwoman, nor any of her family members were in the home at the time of the burglary.

Police found Quinones-Sanchez’s jewelry in a pawn shop, and recovered electronics that had been taken from her home while executing a search warrant in Diana’s house.

Quinones-Sanchez told NBC 10 that she and her husband were renovating the home.

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