What to Know
- A man appeared to have intentionally crashed his van into a Staten Island building where his ex-wife lives, according to police
- Cellphone videos posted online by witnesses showed the vehicle engulfed in flames as firefighters worked quickly to put out the fire
- The driver was only identified as a 42-year-old man. It wasn't immediately clear what charges he will face
A driver was injured following a fiery crash into a building on Staten Island where his ex-wife apparently lives, according to police.
Anthony Imafidon, 42, allegedly got into his white van some time before 11 p.m. Sunday and appeared to have intentionally drove into the Legacy Africana Market storefront on Bay Street. Police say Imafidon's ex-wife was home with her three children at the time but no one else was injured in the incident.
Imafidon was transported to Richmond University Medical Center with serious injuries but he was treated and released into police custody.
Cellphone videos posted online by witnesses showed the vehicle engulfed in flames as firefighters worked quickly to put out the fire. "An incendiary device" was used in the fire, according to police, but no other details were provided.
The charred building was badly damaged and blocked off by officials but it was later determined that the damage didn't affect its structure.
Imafidon was charged with four counts of attempted murder, four counts of attempted assault, two counts of arson, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and three counts of acting in a manner injurious to a minor.
It wasn't immediately clear whether Imafidon is the father of the children.