Man intentionally drives van into ex-wife’s building causing fire: police

Posted: 5:47 AM, Sep 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-23 08:09:34-04

STATEN ISLAND — A man intentionally drove a van into his ex-wife’s building in Staten Island, causing the vehicle to burst into flames, according to police.

Officials said the commercial van, driven by Anthony Imafidon, crashed into the building at 671 Bay St. in Staten Island just before 11 p.m. Sunday. The fire was under control by about 11:30 p.m., FDNY said.

Imafidon was taken to a local hospital and later released.

He was taken into custody and faces several charges, including four counts of attempted murder, four counts of attempted assault, two counts of arson, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, and — because there were children in the building — acting in a major injurious to a child.

The relationship between the alleged driver has been corrected to say ex-wife.