Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives have arrested a Shirley man for killing a person and setting the body on fire in the backyard of a residence this morning.
Police responded to a 911 call reporting a fire in the backyard of a residence located at 27 Mastic Blvd. West at approximately 2:30 a.m. Upon arriving on scene, officers found a body burning on the property. The fire was extinguished. An autopsy will be conducted by the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner to determine a cause of death and identify the victim, who is believed to be a male.
A resident of the home, Peter Pendzinski, 20, has been charged with Murder 2nd Degree. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on a later date.