Teen helps catch suspected arsonist

A man suspected of Arson in a Florida community is led away by police after his capture. (Photo by WBBH via NBC News)

ESTERO, Fla. –  A 22-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night in a gated Estero, Florida community after fires were set in the area.

A tip from a 14-year-old led deputies to suspect Cory Melone.

John Hillard said he was fishing when he spotted Melone and thought he looked suspicious.

“I go ‘Hey stop!’ and then he starts running,” Hillard said. He then alerted deputies and they followed Melone into the woods.

He was brought out later, his face bloody and tears streaming down his face.

Investigators say Melone set fires in the Copper Oaks neighborhood.

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