Teen charged with arson after Essex Card Shop fire in the East Village
A 13-year-old boy was charged with arson, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief for allegedly setting the fire that burned through an East Village card shop earlier this month. The boy, being hustled out of the Essex Card Shop by an older woman, was the last customer the manager saw before the flames erupted. The suspect is not being identified due to his age, and further details have not been released. ALSO READ | MTA officials address alarming rise in crime, promise more uniformed officers on platforms
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