Brooklyn Arsonist Indicted On 17 Counts, Including First Degree Attempted Murder

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Brooklyn’s district attorney today announced attempted murder and arson charges against a 41-year-old Pennsylvania man for intentionally setting fire to a rabbi’s home in Midwood.

DA Eric Gonzalez’s office on Monday arraigned Matthew Karelefsky of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, before Brooklyn Supreme Court on a 17-count indictment, charging him with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree arson, second-degree attempted murder and related charges for setting fire to a home on East 17th Street that injured 11 people, including a six-week-old infant, four first responders and two police officers.

“This defendant allegedly traveled to Brooklyn with the sole intent to kill and had no concern for the dozens of people he deliberately put in harm’s way,” said Gonzalez in a statement.

Karelefsky was ordered held without bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 10. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted. Attorney information for him was not immediately available.

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