Cops searching for Sunnyside arson suspect

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Photos and video courtesy of NYPD
Photos and video courtesy of NYPD

Police have released photos and video of a suspect wanted for several arson incidents in Sunnyside on Sunday, August 18.

Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly set an ex-councilmember’s car on fire in Sunnyside.

The SUV, a 2007 Mercury Mariner, was discovered on fire near 49th Street and 39th Avenue around 5 a.m. on Sunday, said authorities. Several trash fires were also found within about a block of the car blaze.

The vehicle belonged to former Councilmember Eric Gioia, according to published reports. Police said there was “no specific evidence” that Goia’s vehicle was a target.

There were no injuries reported, said cops.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.