Fire Marshals Arrest Suspect for Setting Multiple Fires at Yeshiva University Dorm in Manhattan

December 20, 2019

Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announced today that Fire Marshals arrested and charged Peter Weyand, 33, for breaking into the Yeshiva University Schottenstein Residence and using matches intended for a Chanukah menorah to set three separate fires in the building, which was occupied by sleeping students at the time.

“Attacking any religious institution is a serious crime and we have zero tolerance for acts of arson in this city,” said Commissioner Nigro. “Thanks to the thorough investigative work of our Fire Marshals, a dangerous individual has been quickly apprehended.”

Firefighters responded to 119 East 29th Street in Manhattan at 3:50 a.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019, for reports of a fire on the first floor. Units arrived within five minutes. The quick response allowed Firefighters to bring the incident under control without injuries to civilians or FDNY members.

Weyand is charged with arson, burglary with criminal intent, reckless endangerment of property, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and aggravated harassment. The case will be prosecuted by the New York County District Attorney’s Office.

Please click here to see surveillance footage of the incident and a photo of the suspect, Peter Weyand.