By Kevin Deutsch
A 21-year old accused arsonist has been arrested for allegedly dousing a Lauderhill Police Department cruiser with gasoline and setting it ablaze outside a Lauderhill synagogue Wednesday night, as well as for setting a veterans memorial ablaze in December.
Brian Bocage, 21, was caught on surveillance footage torching the police car shortly before midnight in front of the Synagogue of Inverrary-Chabad at 6700 Northwest 44th Street, police said.
The unoccupied police car had been parked outside the place of worship after a vandalism incident there last week, police said. It was destroyed by the blaze.
Full footage here.
Bocage was arrested Thursday and booked into the Broward Main Jail on two counts of second-degree arson, one count of possessing or manufacturing a firebomb, and three counts of criminal mischief causing over $1,000 in damage, jail records show.
He was being held on a $160,500 bond Friday afternoon, the records show.
According to authorities, Bocage is the man seen in the video setting the car ablaze and running from the scene with the car fully engulfed in flames. The blaze was later extinguished and the gutted police cruiser towed away from the scene.
Bocage’s motive was not immediately clear.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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