New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) - Fair Haven developer Angelo Reyes has a reputation in the community. A good reputation.
"He was trying to bring in business. From my point of view, he was helping a lot of youngsters, get out of the streets. [He was] constantly helping young kids, I don't really have anything negative to say," said Arlene Duran of Fair Haven.
The 46-year-old Reyes is accused in a connection of a 2008 fire that happened at 95 Downing Street, which happens to be across the street from Duran. He's currently facing federal charges stemming from a list of money-driven arsons, but appeared in court Friday for two state cases.
According to the affidavit obtained by News 8, Reyes was interested in buying the property with hopes of demolishing the house and rebuilding a large multi-family home.
A person identified as "Bardou Segui Junior" told police that Reyes wanted the home burned to the ground. Reyes told Segui that the floor boards on the main floor were not intact, and instructed him to use gasoline to spread that fire and to do it "really late at night."
The affidavit continues to tell the story of how Reyes told Segui to break a pane of glass to gain access, and put the gasoline in the rear corner of the house because there is an "opening on the floor" and it would seep into the basement.
Police say Segui showed up to the home dressed in black clothing and carried a Bic lighter, newspaper, hammer, and a can of gasoline. The day after the fire, Segui was handed $300 for his work.
According to the affidavit, Segui and and his father, identified as Segui Senior, were told to burn the car of someone living at 979 Quinnipiac Avenue. Reyes told Segui Junior that the break the small rear window of the BMW, pour the gasoline through the broken window, and put a "firework" inside. Reyes told Segui, again, according to the affidavit, that he had a problem with the owner of the BMW, but did not elaborate.
"He's maintained his innocence throughout. He's charged with conspiracy. The witnesses in the federal arson case are the dame witnesses in this case," said Frank Antollino, Reyes' lawyer. "He has four children, he takes care of the four children, one does work with him. He was in bankruptcy for a number of properties, he's out of bankruptcy now. He's trying to maintain the properties that he has, it's difficult with him being in jail."
Reyes was out on bond for his federal charges, but after Friday's arraignment where he was handed a $1.5 million bond, he will remain incarcerated. His lawyer plans to appeal that decision in a bond hearing next month.
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