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January 17, 2022 - 5:20pm

Batavia man accused of setting fire in Washington Towers, stealing a bike

posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, news, notify.
Matthew Zakrzewski

A 42-year-old Batavia man is in custody following an investigation into a fire at Washington Towers on Sunday.

Matthew T. Zakrzewski is charged with attempted arson 2nd, burglary 2nd, criminal trespass 3rd, petit larceny.

Zakrzewski is accused of setting a chair on fire in the communal area of the retirement residence at Jefferson and Washington in the city. 

The police identified Zakrzewski as a suspect during the beginning of the investigation when police received a report of a bicycle being stolen on Bank Street.  

Zakrzewski was located and identified as the suspect in the bicycle theft. During his arrest, police found he also matched the description of the arson suspect.

He is also a suspect in reports of broken windows on vehicles in the area. 

A current parolee, Zakrzewski was arraigned in City Court and ordered held on $50,000 bail, $75,000 bond, or $150,000 partially secured bond.

Assisting Batavia PD in the investigation was City Fire, Emergency Dispatchers, NYS Parole, and citizens. 

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may have information in reference to the cases should contact Detective Sergeant Matt Lutey, Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350 or the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370.

Michael Peet
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Howard, the daily news is reporting that the fire this guy started was at 400 towers and your reporting it happened at Washington towers. Both sites obviously can't be correct so I'm wondering if you can verify in what building this fire actually started in.

Howard B. Owens
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The press release from Batavia PD says "Washington Towers."

Michael Peet
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Thanks for confirming Howard the fire happened at Washington towers. I guess the daily news got it wrong or missed a typo. Doesn't really matter because I always look at the batavian first for my local news.

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