NJ Man Accused of Setting Fires Inside Queens Restaurant Is Arrested: FDNY


Authorities have arrested a New Jersey man who allegedly set multiple fires inside a New York City restaurant last summer.

The FDNY on Sunday identified 54-year-old Asif Raja as the suspect seen on surveillance video at 30-27 Steinway Street on Aug. 4, 2020. Footage shows Raja entering the Queens restaurant and pouring flammable liquid all over the tables inside before starting a fire.

Water sprinklers were able to put out the small fires prior to firefighters' arrival and no one was injured, according to the FDNY.

Raja's motive is unclear. He was charged with one count of arson, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison with a maximum sentence of 20 years if convicted, according to authorities.

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