New Haven Man Charged with Orchestrating Arson of Laundromat He Operated
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 17, 2010|
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANGELO REYES, also known as “Tati,” 45, of Lexington Avenue, New Haven was arrested this morning on federal charges related to his alleged participation in the July 2009, arson of the People’s Laundromat located at 83 Lombard Street in the Fair Haven section of New Haven.
On December 16, 2010, a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven returned a superseding indictment charging REYES, OSVALDO SEGUI, and OSVALDO SEGUI, JR. with one count of conspiracy to destroy property used in interstate commerce by fire, and one count of destruction of property used in interstate commerce by fire. SEGUI and SEGUI, JR. were initially charged by indictment in June 2010.
Following his arrest, REYES appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith in Hartford and is detained pending a hearing that is scheduled for Monday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. in Hartford.
The superseding indictment alleges that REYES owned several commercial and residential properties, including a property located at 83 Lombard Street. REYES operated the People’s Laundromat at that address, and served as the landlord for the residential apartments above the laundromat. It is alleged that REYES, SEGUI, and SEGUI, JR. devised a plan to set fire to the People’s Laundromat. SEGUI, JR. then set fire to the laundromat while SEGUI performed the role of a lookout. SEGUI and SEGUI, JR. received cash and other benefits from REYES for their participation in the arson.
The indictment also alleges that, as a result of responding to the fire at 83 Lombard Street, a New Haven firefighter sustained injuries that rendered him temporarily disabled and unable to return to work without limitations until November 2009.
If convicted of the charges, each of the defendants is subject to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of seven years and a maximum term of 40 years.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. Attorney Fein commended the substantial efforts and cooperation of the several agencies involved in this investigation including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Connecticut State Police, the New Haven Police Department, and the New Haven Fire Department.
U.S. Attorney Fein stated that the investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information that may be relevant to the investigation should call the FBI at 203-777-6311.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Stephen Reynolds and Ray Miller.