Source: Building owner charged in deaths of 2 Toledo firefighters
Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:50:01 GMT —
Court records confirm that a man has been charged in the deaths of two Toledo firefighters killed in the line of duty.
61-year-old Ray Abou-Arab has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder, both felonies, and two counts of aggravated arson.
The aggravated arson charges include the specification that there was "substantial risk of serious physical harm to another person other than the suspect."
Toledo Police have been contacted for comment but have not yet returned calls from WNWO.
Mayor D. Michael Collins issued a statement on Friday that said "Abou-Arab is suspected of using an ignitable liquid inside of the garage of the structure at 528 Magnolia resulting in a fire that killed Private Stephan Machcinski and Private James Dickman. He is currently in custody. "
At the time Abou-Arab's arrest the Mayor was in Sandusky attending funeral services for Private Dickman.
â??I would like to thank the agencies that were involved in this investigation, our Cityâ??s fire investigators, our Toledo Police Department, the State Fire Marshal, the FBI, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. This is an ongoing case that must proceed through the court system, given that, I will refrain from additional comments at this time,â?? Mayor Collins said in a statement.
Property records confirm that Abou-Arab owns the property at 528 Magnolia in north Toledo. The property includes an apartment building where the
two firefighters died
Private Stephen Machcinski and Private James Dickman were honored in a 'Last Alarm' ceremony at the SeaGate Centre on Thursday. Dickman was buried Friday afternoon. Machcinski will be buried on Saturday. WATCH: Entire two-hour 'Last Alarm' service
This is not Abou-Arab's first time facing legal action in the Toledo area. According to court records, he has also been charged with the illegal use of food stamps, telecommunications fraud and the unauthorized use of property computer equipment.
Charges in some of those cases were dropped; however, Abou-Arab appears to have also been part of a
made in May of 2012.
Stay tuned to WNWO for the latest developments on this story.