Arrest made in NYC shoeshine stand arson

The stand, located in Bryant Park in New York City, appears to be the target of an arsonist.

April 15, 2010 5:55:11 AM PDT
An arrest for two arsons that destroyed shoeshine stands outside Bryant Park at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Police say John Swain, a 71-year-old shoeshiner, has confessed to setting the two fires.

The first fire happened three weeks ago in the middle of the night.

During that incident, the three-seat stand was destroyed.

Then, on April 6 around 1:15 a.m., fire crews received a call that a second fire was burning.

This time the replacement stand was destroyed.

Swain reportedly was angry that he was not permitted to work at the stands.


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