Julio Edwards accused of setting fire to Wilton Manors piano bar

Police say 68-year-old arson suspect caught on camera

WILTON MANORS, Fla. - A 68-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after he was caught on surveillance video setting fire to a Wilton Manors piano bar.

Julio Edwards faces burglary and arson charges in connection with the fire at Tropics Piano Bar & Restaurant on Wilton Drive.

Wilton Manors police said the manager arrived Wednesday morning to find ashes near the back door and smelled smoke.

Police said they reviewed the surveillance cameras and saw a man holding a large cup containing a flammable liquid that he tossed onto a wooden fence outside the restaurant. The video then showed him ignite the fence with a lighter.

After employees watched the video, they told police that they recognized the man as Edwards, who had recently been issued a warning by police for trespassing at the restaurant.

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