Man arraigned on arson and murder charges in deaths of Toledo firefighters

Abou-Arab's bond has been set for $5 million at no 10 percent.

Firefighters packed a courtroom Monday morning as a man faced criminal charges for the deaths of two Toledo firefighters.

61-year-old Ray Abou-Arab wore a protective, suicide-proof vest as he faced a judge inside Toledo Municipal Court.

The north Toledo building owner was charged with two counts of arson and aggravated murder for two Toledo firefighters killed in an apartment building fire Sunday, Jan. 26.

Pvt. Stephen Machcinski and Pvt. James Dickman died while trying to put out the fire at 528 Magnolia St.

The defense has asked to keep the crime scene under watch until Wednesday, while it gathers more evidence in the case.

Abou-Arab's bond has been set at $5 million with no 10 percent. He is scheduled for another preliminary hearing Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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Property records confirmed Abou-Arab owns the property in north Toledo where the firefighters were killed. A complaint filed Friday indicated a witness saw Abou-Arab "enter the garage located at 528 Magnolia where he remained for over a minute."

After the witness saw him exit the garage structure, a resident whose apartment was next to it "noticed the wall of the structure was on fire," according to Toledo Police Detective Deb Hahn.

Firefighters and the Toledo community spent last week dedicating several memorial services to honor the fallen firefighters.