Owner torched his Queens restaurant after COVID shutdown, investigators say

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Owner torched his Queens restaurant after COVID shutdown, investigators say

Post by IceCube » Tue Jan 26, 2021 7:04 pm

ASTORIA, Queens (WABC) -- A restaurant owner in Queens has been arrested for allegedly trying to set his own business on fire after the restaurant had been closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Investigators say 54-year-old Asif Raja set the fire in several locations inside his restaurant, but the sprinkler system knocked the flames down.

It happened back in August at the business on Steinway Street in Astoria.

Only after an ongoing investigation did FDNY fire marshals, working with NYPD and ATF as part of a task force, identify it as an arson.

The crime was captured by surveillance video.

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Let me get this straight. Your restaurant was shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions. You concluded that the best course of action is to set the whole thing on fire. In the process, you forgot about the sprinkler system you installed. On top of that all, you also forgot about your own surveillance camera system which also recorded your own crime. Somehow, I don't think you thought your cunning plan all the way through.

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