Building owner charged with murder for fire fighters deaths


The owner of the building where two Toledo firemen died on Sunday has been arrested on two counts of murder and two counts of aggravated arson.

Ray Abou-Arab, who owns 528 Magnolia St., was arrested Friday afternoon.

Privates Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman were killed while battling a fire at the North Toledo apartment complex Sunday afternoon



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I’m confused, he set his own building on fire and two firemen were killed?

If so this is just sad all around.


That’s what they are charging.

TOLEDO – Firefighters packed a courtroom Monday morning as a man faced criminal charges for the deaths of two Toledo firefighters.

61-year-old Ray Abou-Arab wore a bullet-proof vest as he faced a judge inside Toledo Municipal Court.

The north Toledo building owner was charged with two counts of arson and aggravated murder for two Toledo firefighters killed in an apartment building fire Sunday, January 26.

Pvt. Stephen Machcinski and Pvt. James Dickman died while trying to put out the fire at 528 Magnolia St.

The defense has asked to keep the crime scene under watch until Wednesday, while it gathers more evidence in the case.

Abou-Arab’s bond has been set at $5 million with no 10 percent. He is scheduled for another preliminary hearing Wednesday at 9 a.m.



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