ARSON ATTEMPT —
Fire marshals with the city’s Fire Department arrested a construction worker, who was angry over a wage dispute and allegedly attempted to set a fire inside of a Queens seafood restaurant owned by his employer, the FDNY said.
Around 11 a.m. on April 4, Andrew Chung, 41, allegedly entered the Islander Seafood Restaurant, located at 79-21 Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst, with a container of gasoline and splashed it inside the eatery, the FDNY said. In the process, he allegedly soaked a female employee.
Chung was restrained by employees, who allegedly prevented him from igniting the gasoline. He then fled the scene before police and FDNY personnel arrive. Chung was apprehended later that day by FDNY marshals at his residence.
“If the gasoline had been lit, many lives would have been in peril because of this dangerous act,” said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.