Man charged with attempted murder after setting fires at Brooklyn NYCHA complex
A man who allegedly started five fires at a Brooklyn public housing complex was arrested Wednesday on attempted murder and arson charges, according to fire officials.
Michael F. Hall, 31 –– who is a tenant of the NYCHA residence –– was taken into custody by Fire Marshals on Sunday, according to Commissioner Daniel F. Nigro.
The fires –– all of which were set at the Louis Heaton Pink Houses in East New York –– were intentionally set by Hall over the last six months, fire officials said.
The arrest was organized by members of the FDNY, NYPD, and bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, according to fire officials.
The fires would be set in the morning hours blocking the front doors of different apartments so that residents could not escape, fire officials said.
In each case, the fires were quickly brought under control and led to a total of four injuries, according to fire officials.
The first case was May 28 around 4:30 a.m. and the last fire was set on November 3 just after midnight, fire officials added.
The victims in each of the incidents were neighbors of Hall, whom he knows personally, according to a source who is familiar with the case.
“Arson is a violent crime that demonstrates a depraved indifference to the lives of New Yorkers and FDNY members,” said Commissioner Nigro. “Once again, the investigative work of our Fire Marshals has led to the apprehension of a dangerous individual who used fire as a weapon to harm others.”
In addition to attempted murder and arson, Hall faces charges of criminal possession of a dangerous weapon and attempted assault.
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