The courtroom was packed for the arraignment of Ray Abou-Arab on arson and murder charges in connection with the fatal fire that killed two Toledo firefighters last Sunday.
Most of the seats were occupied by Toledo firefighters. A North Toledo resident who was a regular patron of the store at the intersection of Huron and Magnolia owned by Abou-Arab could not get a seat inside the courtroom.
The man didn't want to be identified and didn't have anything nice to say about Abou-Arab. "He's nothing, he's a slickster, a loan shark; he'll do whatever he can to make a buck," the North Toledo resident said.
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In 2011, Abou-Arab was found guilty of food stamp fraud. In 2005, he was convicted twice for unauthorized use of a computer, and in 2003, he was found guilty of soliciting sex.
On Monday, detectives with the Toledo Police Department returned to the crime scene. A police command vehicle and two police SUV's were parked outside the Huron Street market.
Yellow crime scene tape is still wrapped around the store and the building adjacent to it that burned down on Sunday. Toledo firefighters Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman died from injuries they sustained while battling the blaze at 528 Magnolia last week.