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Richmondville Man Charged with Arson Following Car Fire

By THOMAS MARRA , Correspondent | October 04, 2020 | NEW YORK

Story No. 102520113

Onesquethaw, NY - A Richmondville man was taken into custody after setting a car on fire in Feura Bush and fleeing the scene on Sunday, October 4th.

The Onesquethaw Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle fire at 10:30 P.M., located in a parking lot across from the Feura Bush Stewart's and next to a food truck.

Chief Mike Salisbury of the Onesquethaw Fire Department said he arrived to find a car with fire in the rear of the unoccupied vehicle.

There was also a fire alarm activation at Stewart's at the time of the call, which Salisbury said is from the store employees shutting the pumps off as a precaution from the vehicle fire across the road.

While the car fire was being extinguished, "fire personnel then reported to Troopers that they observed a male hiding in the bushes near the scene," according to a statement from New York State Police.

Troopers began searching with flashlights to locate the male, but were unable to find him at the time. Thomas Marra Photography then observed the male walking in the dark along the overpass near Creble Road and reported to Troopers when the male then took off hiding.

New York State Police searched the area with the assistance of the Albany County Sheriff's Department and the Bethlehem Police Department, where they located and took the male into custody.

According to a statement, the male was the registered owner of the vehicle and was charged with 3rd Degree Arson (a class C felony), Reckless Endangerment (a class B misdemeanor), and Trespass (Violation).

Under the new Bail Reforms Laws, the suspect was charged and released under supervision. There were no injuries reported on the scene.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.