Victim’s Brother in NJ Mansion Fire Arrested, Charged With Torching His Own Home

Colts Neck, NJ (Monmouth County) – Authorities announce the arrest in 1 of 2 Monmouth County Arson Fires, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

Paul Caneiro, 51, of Ocean Township, was charged with one count of second degree aggravated arson.

(Paul Caneiro – Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office)

Caneiro is being charged in connection with a fire Tuesday morning at his residence on Tilton Avenue in Ocean Township at 5:01 a.m. Paul’s brother Keith along with his wife Jennifer, and there two children 11-year-old Jessy and 8-year-old Sophia, were found dead after a house fire in Colts Neck Tuesday afternoon.

At around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters were alerted to a fire at 15 Willow Brook Road in Colt’s Neck called in by a nearby landscaper. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home engulfed in flames, Keith Caneiro was found lying in the yard. Firefighting efforts began, and fire crews found Jennifer, Jessy, and Sophia severely burned inside of the home.

According to Gramiccioni, Keith Caneiro was found lying in the front lawn with a gunshot wound. Initial reports indicated this was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. However, the prosecutor has now said the gunshot wound is consistent with a homicide. At this time Paul Caneiro is not considered a suspect in the homicide.

Initial reports indicated there was a housekeeper in the house at the time of the fire, but she has since been located and is alive and well.

The fire is being investigated as an arson; however, Gramiccioni said: “it’s important to emphasize that the community is not in danger at this time.” When pressed as to why the prosecutor’s office believes there is no danger to the public, and why they are not actively seeking the suspect, Gramiccioni would not provide an answer

Investigators have not been able to get inside of the Colts Neck home yet, due to the structural integrity of the house. Gramiccioni anticipates that the County Engineers will turn the home over to investigators in the coming hours, and at that time a forensics and arson investigation will ensue.

Gramiccioni says “this is the most heinous case there investigators have ever seen and investigated.”

According to a LinkedIn Profile, Keith Caneiro was the Founder, CEO, and Chief Technology Officer of Square One located in Asbury Park.

According to Colts Neck Acting Chief Frank Leccese, he was not aware of any police activity at the address in the past.

The Prosecutors Office along with the Colts Neck Police Department is urging anyone with information to report it immediately to 1-800-533-7443.

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By: Anthony Preziosi Like on Facebook