Niles teen appears in court, faces arson charge for fire at stadium

Ricky Mohn, 19, is charged with arson, breaking and entering and contributing to unruliness or delinquency

Ricky Mohn, charged with arson and breaking and entering in fire at Bo Rein Stadium
Ricky Mohn

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – A teenager accused of breaking into the Niles football stadium and burning down a merchandise stand is now facing charges.

Ricky Mohn, 19, went before a judge Monday morning during a video arraignment. He is charged with arson, two counts of breaking and entering and three counts of contributing to unruliness or delinquency.

Ricky Mohn, charged with arson and breaking and entering in fire at Bo Rein Stadium
Ricky Mohn

Police say Mohn and three juveniles broke into Bo Rein Stadium early Friday, August 19. They’re accused of burning down a Red Dragon merchandise stand run by parents of Niles students.

Police said a confession from one of the juveniles led to the charges.

The three juveniles — 16-year-old Brandon Swiger, 17-year-old Desmond Behner and 15-year-old Zachary Robinson — are all facing felony charges in relation to the investigation. Police said Swiger and Robinson turned themselves in to Trumbull County Family Court while Behner was expected to turn himself in Monday.

The stand, as well as about $5,000 in merchandise, was destroyed.

Michele Golias, a member of the Niles Football Mothers Club, said she can’t believe that someone would want to deliberately destroy the club’s belongings.

“We just want to know why, why they did it to us,” she said. “Like, what did we do, and I know there’s probably no answer, but I guess that’s the question that has been going through our minds for the past week.”

Niles Police Capt. John Marshall said police do not know why the group set fire to the stand.

Police say while they were investigating the fire, they also discovered the group broke into an outbuilding at the middle school and the visitor’s concession stand at the stadium.

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