A 29-year-old Queens man has been charged with arson and other crimes for allegedly environment 9 apart fires to vehicles in his South Ozone Park area between Dec 2017, and Feb 2018.
The think was identified as Evan Person, 29, of Linden Boulevard in the South Ozone Park area of Queens. He was arraigned on a censure charging him with third-degree arson and third-degree rapist mischief. If convicted, Person faces up to 15 years in prison.
According to the rapist complaint, on Dec 15, 2017, starting at 7 a.m. and stability via the morning and into the afternoon, firefighters responded to 5 opposite addresses on and nearby 116th Avenue where vehicles had been set ablaze. A 2006 Nissan, a 1998 Mercedes Benz, a 2000 Ford Excursion, a 2009 Nissan and a 2014 Mercedes Benz were all shop-worn by fires that had been intentionally set.
The suspect is purported to have also set fire to 4 additional vehicles on Feb 6, 2018. Firefighters responded to calls starting shortly after midnight and extinguished abandon coming from a 1998 Honda Civic, a 2003 Mitsubishi, a 2008 Kia and a Buick. The cars were all located in and around 124th Street, also in South Ozone Park, Queens.
District Attorney Richard Brown said, “In both Dec of last year and Feb of this year, the suspect is purported to have set several vehicles on fire. These weird sprees shop-worn skill as good as involved the lives of people in the area and responding firefighters. These were senseless, whimsical acts – and if proven loyal – the suspect will face critical jail time.”
Fire Commissioner Nigro said, “These purported forward acts of arson not only shop-worn the skill of countless Queens residents, but needlessly diverted firefighting resources that differently should have been accessible if indispensable for loyal life-threatening emergencies. Our fire marshals will lane down and detain anyone who uses fire to repairs skill or discredit lives in the City.”
ATF New York Field Division Special Agent-in-Charge Benedict said, “The purported acts of the suspect are drifting acts that could have caused critical repairs or detriment of life to first responders and others in the surrounding community, in further to the repairs to personal property. we would like to appreciate the NYPD and the agents, detectives and fire marshals reserved to the ATF/NYPD/FDNY Strategic Explosives and Arson Response Task Force for their committed work on this case. we would also like to extend my thankfulness to the Queens District Attorney’s Office for their work in prosecuting this case.”