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Green Tree man wanted for arson at bar

Sunday, June 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A Green Tree man tried to burn down a borough bar on Saturday morning with a homemade firebomb after a fight with his girlfriend, Allegheny County police said.

Police have an arrest warrant for Daniel Crowe, 47, who had not been taken into custody as of that afternoon, on charges of arson, risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

According to an Allegheny County police report, Crowe and girlfriend Mary Smith argued inside Manny's Rook Street Cafe on Hawthorne Avenue shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday. At one point, Crowe threw an object at Smith.

Bartender Susan Cupp confronted Crowe, who shoved her, knocking her backwards, police wrote. Several of the seven people inside the bar then threw Crowe out of the bar.

Within a few minutes, police said, patrons heard a loud bang at the front door, and smoke billowed into the bar. Flames damaged the door, and police said a car belonging to one customer was damaged. No injuries were reported.

Police said they found evidence that Crowe fashioned a firebomb using a glass container filled with an accelerant and a piece of a T-shirt.

Police said they smelled gasoline, and the T-shirt smelled like citronella, or tiki torch fluid.

When police went to Crowe's residence, about an eight-minute walk from the bar, they said they found an open bottle of tiki torch fuel on the porch, and some of it was spilled on the porch.

An Allegheny County fire marshal ruled the fire an arson. Police did not list a dollar amount on the damage to the bar.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


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