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Man Arrested in West Hempstead for Torching Apartment Building

The 49-year-old man was arrested at the Capri Motor Inn on Hempstead Turnpike.

A 49-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning at the Capri Motor Inn in West Hempstead after allegedly torching an apartment building in Hempstead.

According to detectives with Nassau County Police's Arson and Bomb Squad, Dennis Sibert, allegedly went to the residence of a 60-year-old woman on Union Place in Hempstead on Tuesday, April 17. Around 9:50 p.m., Sibert allegedly struck the apartment building with an incendiary device, causing both the building and ground to ignite.

The Hempstead Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the blaze. The building has six separate apartments and 17 people were present at the time, police said. No injuries were reported.

The Nassau County Fire Marshal's Office was called to scene to investigate.

According to police, Sibert, who has no known address, was located around 2 a.m. Thursday at the Capri Motor Inn on Hempstead Turnpike in West Hempstead and taken into custody without incident.

Sibert is charged with first-degree Arson and six counts of Criminal Contempt. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Thursday.

D Dee April 19, 2012 at 04:22 PM
just like they closed the other motel down, they need to get rid of this one too! now people are "hiding out" there! when i go to Stop and shop early on a Sunday morning i always see fights and horrible things going on...
Savti7 April 20, 2012 at 01:32 PM
It is time for the Capri to go the way of the Courtesy!!!!! Let's shut it down! WH has had enough!
koy August 16, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Oh please! Its the people not the place. Don't like it there don't go....simple. Besides it said he burnt up an apartment building....not the hotel.....smh. #facts!

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