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Richmond Hill man arrested in connection with Toronto house fire: Police

By Madina Toure

A Richmond Hill man was arrested and charged Monday night with arson and a slew of other charges after he allegedly set an ex-girlfriend’s Toronto home on fire last weekend, according to the Toronto Police Service.

Ali Moshir, 43, was arrested at 6:30 p.m. in Buffalo and charged with criminal harassment, breaking and entering, uttering threats, unlawfully being in a dwelling and arson with disregard for human life, according to Detective Jason Bartlett.

At about 10:27 a.m. April 3, officers responded to a call about a fire in the Warden Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East area, according to the Toronto Police Service.

Ali Moshir, 43, allegedly broke into the home, belonging to a woman whom he used to date nearly two decades ago, dousing the home with gas, setting it on fire and then fled, destroying the home, Bartlett said.

“They had a brief dating relationship where they dated for a period of three months over 15 years ago,” he said.

Moshir was also being sought on charges of criminal entering, breaking and entering and unlawfully being in a dwelling for breaking into her home and harassing her in January.

Before his arrest officials described him as violent and dangerous, urging people not to approach if they located him and call 911 immediately.

Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtour[email protected]local.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

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