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Cops allege man torched his personal restaurant

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ASTORIA, Queens (WABC) — A restaurant proprietor in Queens has been arrested for allegedly attempting to set his personal enterprise on fireplace after the restaurant had been closed attributable to COVID-19 restrictions.

Investigators say 54-year-old Asif Raja set the hearth in a number of areas inside his restaurant, however the sprinkler system knocked the flames down.

It occurred again in August on the enterprise on Steinway Avenue in Astoria.

Solely after an ongoing investigation did FDNY fireplace marshals, working with NYPD and ATF as a part of a activity pressure, determine it as an arson.

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The crime was captured by surveillance video.

Raja has been charged with one depend of arson, which carries a compulsory minimal sentence of 5 years in federal jail with a most sentence of 20 years if convicted.

“We’re extraordinarily grateful that nobody was injured throughout this incident and for the collaboration between all of the regulation enforcement businesses concerned in bringing this particular person to justice,” mentioned Fireplace Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro in a press release.

Raja might be prosecuted by the U.S. Lawyer’s workplace in Brooklyn.

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