Liberty Township Teen Tries to Burn Down House, Parents


Every teenager butts heads with their parents at some point.. It's practically in the definition of "teenager." On Wednesday, a 16-year-old Liberty Township boy took teen angst to a whole new level when he tried to burn his parents to death inside their home. 

According to Cincinnati's WCPO and Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones, "this was a cold, calculated plot." Police discovered drawings and journals that described the teen's plan to murder his parents, which he acted out at around 11:30 p.m. The suspect tied his parent's bedroom door shut, lit a fire outside of it, and then fled the scene in his father's car. 
Suspect's Facebook photo - 19 ACTION NEWS
  • 19 Action News
  • Suspect's Facebook photo

Perry Simon, the boy's father, escaped by jumping out of the bedroom's second story window. He broke both legs. His wife, Sharon Simon, was rescued by Liberty Township fire crews and deputies after suffering smoke inhalation. 

The Simons thought that their son was still inside the house when help arrived, prompting a search by fire crews. The teen confessed when he was found, and failed to display any sign of remorse.  

According to 19 Action News, the teen posted a status on Facebook around 7:15 p.m. the same day that read, "I'm so pissed at everything I'm boutta be wreckless." The 16-year-old is an honor student at Lakota West High School and didn't have a criminal record. 

The teen has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated arson. Sheriff Jones announced at a news conference that he will be suggesting that the teen is tried as an adult.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.