Midwood Arsonist Charged With Attempted Murder Of Rabbi

FDNY investigators investigate Arson scene in Brooklyn, NY Photo: Shimon Gifter

Brooklyn  Police have arrested a 41-year-old Pennsylvania man in a Brooklyn fire this past week that investigators said was intentionally set at rabbi’s home, cops said Sunday.

Matthew Karelefsky, of McKeesport, Pa., is accused of starting the blaze in a three-story home on East 17th Street in Midwood, which quickly spread to two neighboring houses and injured 13 people.

Karelefsky was arrested and charged with arson and two counts of attempted murder on Sunday. Other charges might be added at a later time.

Karelefsky told GifterInGotham he had a problem with a few Rabbis and after the arson in another interview, he was asked where he is and said he is in hiding and on the move because the police “think I torched the house.”



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