FDNY FIRE MARSHALS ARREST SECURITY EMPLOYEE IN STRING OF HOTEL FIRES
The FDNY today announced the arrest of a 30-year-old Union City, NJ, man for setting eight fires over the last four years at two different New York City hotels where he worked as a security employee.
Fire Marshals this morning arrested Mariano Barbosa Jr. and charged him with setting the fires from February 2009 to September 2013 at the Yotel Hotel, located at 570 10th Avenue, and the Soho Grand Hotel, located at 310 West Broadway. At the time of his arrest, Mr. Barbosa was employed as the Director of Security at the Yotel Hotel. He previously was employed as a security officer at the Soho Grand Hotel.
"It's disturbing that an individual charged with the safety of hotel occupants would callously endanger their lives - and the lives of firefighters - for personal gain," said Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano. "I commend the Marshals for their extensive investigative work that led to this arrest."
Marshals determined that Mr. Barbosa, while on-duty, had set each fire to bring negative attention to the hotels and their popular nighttime crowds in an effort to produce a less active work environment for himself.
The fires were set in hallways, stairwells or in front of exit doors as a deliberate attempt to block the escape of occupants and access by responding Firefighters. Each fire was quickly brought under control by Firefighters.
Yotel Hotel fires, 570 10th Avenue:
September 8, 2013, 5:09 a.m., floors 18 and 22
February 22, 2013, 11:36 p.m., floor 23
November 10, 2012, 10:11 p.m., floor 17
April 8, 2012, 4:31 a.m., floor 24
October 8, 2011, 2:43 a.m., floor 18
Soho Grand Hotel fires, 310 West Broadway:
May 8, 2010, 1:46 a.m., floor 11
January 1, 2010, 2:58 a.m., floor 4
February 3, 2009, 3:27 a.m., floor 11
Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Frank Dwyer, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056