TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The owner of an Ohio apartment building accused of setting a blaze that killed two firefighters has been indicted on aggravated murder charges that could carry a potential death penalty if he’s convicted.
A county grand jury in Toledo indicted Ray Abou-Arab on Friday in the Jan. 26 blaze. He also faces two counts of murder, eight counts of aggravated arson and one count of tampering with evidence.
A message seeking comment was left for his attorney. The 61-year-old suspect is being held on $5 million bond.
Court documents allege Abou-Arab was in a garage at the site of the fire near downtown Toledo just before an apartment resident said she saw the blaze break out.
Veteran firefighter Stephen Machcinski and rookie James Dickman were killed.