Jobless Lodi Bartender Charged With Setting Bank Fire

LODI, N.J. -- An unemployed bartender poured a flammable liquid inside a Lodi bank vestibule and ignited it, said authorities who charged him with arson Tuesday.

Rashit Perez
Rashit Perez Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR

Bergen County sheriff’s officers found and arrested Rashit Perez, 30, of Lodi in Paramus on Monday, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo said.

Around 10:30 the night before, Calo said, Perez, of Westervelt Place, ignited the fire in the vestibule of the Bank of America on Hunter Street, the prosecutor said.

A judge ordered Perez released Wednesday with conditions pending further court action on arson and weapons charges.

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