A serial arsonist believed to have set fire to three Ozone Park homes was apprehended early Thursday.
Sal Manzella, 55, was picked up at the scene of a fire on 92nd Street at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday. Authorities said Manzella allegedly tried to pass himself off as a witness, telling police he had seen a man in a white vehicle fire bomb the house before speeding away.
After taking his information and letting him go, police responded to another blaze at 103rd Avenue just hours later at 4 a.m. Surveillance footage from a nearby camera showed a man on the porch of the house using an accelerant to set the fire, who the police soon identified as Manzella.
The NYPD and FDNY fire marshals were quick to question Manzella.
Though he is currently only being charged with the 92nd Street arson, Manzella is also expected to be charged with both the 92nd Street blaze and a 94th Street fire that occurred earlier that evening, around midnight.