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Bronx man charged in arson, stabbing, cops say

A surveillance image released Tuesday shows a suspect

A surveillance image released Tuesday shows a suspect police said they are seeking in connection with fires set in Wyandanch and Deer Park on June 6. Credit: SCPD

A Bronx man set a fire at a car repair shop, stabbed a person and crashed a stolen car Thursday in a 90-minute spree that culminated in a raft of charges on other crimes committed early this month, Suffolk police said Tuesday.

As the fire burned five cars at a Deer Park repair shop, B.M.A. Specialists, Willi Soto-Reyes stole a BMW just before 3:45 a.m. and drove to a home on Grand Boulevard in Deer Park, police said.

At the house, he stabbed a person about 5 a.m., then took off in the stolen BMW, police said. The victim was treated and released from Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, authorities said.

About 10 minutes later, he crashed into a tree on Long Island Avenue in Wyandanch, where officers arrested him, police said.

First Precinct and arson detectives said they then determined he was the same man responsible for multiple fires, a burglary and attempted robbery in Wyandanch and Deer Park on June 6.

Soto-Reyes, 25, of Morris Avenue, is to be arraigned Wednesday on third-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny, second-degree assault, first-degree attempted robbery, two counts of second-degree arson, two counts of third-degree arson, four counts of fourth-degree arson and five of fifth-degree arson.

Investigators said he set seven fires in Wyandanch and Deer Park in the early morning hours of June 6, including a vehicle on Long Island Avenue in Wyandanch, a fence on Grand Boulevard in Wyandanch, a boat on Lake Avenue in Deer Park, a flag on West 22nd Street in Deer Park and a flag on Grand Boulevard in Deer Park between 2:54 a.m. and 6:33 a.m.

That day, he also set fire to a business he burglarized at 10 Station Dr. in Wyandanch and a nighttime cash window as he attempted to rob an employee at a Sunoco station at 1580 Straight Path in Wyandanch, police said.

Police had released a surveillance image of the suspect and offered a $5,000 Crime Stoppers reward for information leading to an arrest.

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