Updated Information from the Love’s Travel Plaza Incident

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that further information is now available for media release in relation to the Love’s Travel Plaza incident from May 3, 2022.

On May 3, 2022, at about 5:33am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Love’s Travel Plaza located at 1262 Route 414 in the Town of Tyre for the report of several fires inside the building. Upon the arrival of Sheriff’s Deputies, a male and female were taken into custody for allegedly causing the fires and attempting to light a one year old child on fire. A second child, four years old, was located in the cab of a tractor trailer in the parking lot of the business. The second child had apparent head injuries. Both children were transported to Geneva General Hospital by North Seneca Ambulance. The four year old child was later transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by LifeNet Air Ambulance. Both children have since been released from medical treatment and are expected to make full recoveries.

As a result of the subsequent investigation, both suspects taken into custody were indicted by a Seneca County Grand Jury on charges of:
Attempted Aggravated Murder. a Class B Felony
Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a Class B Felony
Arson in the Second Degree, a Class B Felony
Attempted Arson in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony
Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a Class C Felony
Endangering the Welfare of a Child (2 counts), Class A Misdemeanors

The suspects were identified as Jamie L. Avery, Jr., age 28, and Lisbeth Collado, age 25, both of 4570 Old Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Florida. It is believed that the two are currently in a domestic relationship and are the parents to both children.

Both Avery and Collado were arraigned in the Seneca County Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $200,000 cash bail/$400,000 secured bond/$800,000 partially secured bond. Both Avery and Collado are to reappear in the Seneca County Court on July 27, 2022. Both remain in custody.

Sheriff’s Investigators are working closely with Seneca County Child Protective Services and the Seneca County District Attorney’s Office. The children are in a safe location, but their whereabouts cannot be disclosed at this time. Orders of protections were issued on behalf of the victims. A motive for the crimes is still unclear.

No further information can be released at this time as it could jeopardize the ongoing investigation.

Jamie L. Avery, Jr.
Lisbeth Collado