By Jon Cronin, Editor
After a tense three-hour stand-off with police, two brothers were tazed and arrested after they allegedly attempted to set fire to their Glendale apartment building on Jan. 13, police said.
Police were alerted to the brothers’ behavior by their eldest brother, who arrived home and was dismayed by the manner in which his siblings were allegedly acting and called 911, according to previously published sources. Upon arrival, the police saw smoke on the second floor hallway coming from the apartment.
The police attempted to enter the apartment, located at 79-29 Myrtle Ave. in Glendale, and found Fedrico, 27, and Juan Matzar, 33. The two allegedly fought back against police, which resulted in a three-hour stand-off. The officers left and called the Emergency Service Unit (ESU).
Once the ESU were on the scene, responders knocked down the apartment door and tazed both of the brothers.
When they were taken out of the building by police, both brothers were covered in soot and had minor burns. They were loaded into an ambulance and brought to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in stable condidtion. The fire that the two had allegedly started in their kitchen was put out quickly.
The NYPD blocked off Myrtle Avenue in front of the building near the Jackie Robinson Parkway entrance for three hours and called in the local civilian police patrol 104COP to aid in coordinating traffic through residential streets.
Juan and Fedric Matzar, 33, were both charged with the attempted assault of a police officer, arson, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, police said.
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