London police have charged two men in connection to an arson spree at three adult establishments in the city’s east end more than a month ago.
The Famous Flesh Gordon’s strip club, owned by London Hells Angels member Rob Barletta, caught fire early Jan. 8, along with two massage parlors — all within 35 minutes of each other.
Police said the arson spree actually started Jan. 5, when the Blue Lagoon II massage parlour, located at 1180 Oxford St. E., saw a small blaze causing minor damage estimated at $1,250, only days before a fire gutted the place. Blue Lagoon was the first establishment to catch fire during the spree, around 4:40 a.m., with the blaze causing an estimated $150,000 to the five-store plaza.
Emergency crews had to quickly scramble 25 minutes later, at 5:04 a.m., to put a second fire out at Flesh Gordon’s, located at 2190 Dundas St. E. Damage is estimated at $10,000.
Police responded to a third fire at Virginia’s Adult Massage and Spa, located at 125 Clarke Rd., around 5:15 a.m. Damage is estimated at $25,000.
As a result of an investigation into the arson spree, police arrested 21-year-old Michael Morrison Monday morning (Feb. 13) and 28-year-old David Hewlett-Weiler over the past weekend.
Morrison faces one count of arson causing property damage and one count of throwing an explosive intended to cause property damage, with the charges connected to the Blue Lagoon blaze on Jan. 5.
Weiler faces three counts of arson causing property damage and three counts of throwing an explosive intended to cause property damage in relation to both fires at the Blue Lagoon and the one at Virginia’s.
None of these charges have been proven in a court of law.
No charges have been laid in the Flesh Gordon’s strip club fire and investigation is still ongoing.
Police have not found any connection between the suspects and ties to street or motorcycle gangs.
“There’s nothing that says that they’re a member of a motorcycle gang or street gang, but we are continuing our investigation to see if there’s any connections,” said Const. Dennis Rivest.