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Alleged Over-the-Rhine car arsonist charged

OVER-THE-RHINE, Ohio (WKRC) - Cincinnati Police have charged a man accused of intentionally setting a car on fire near Over-the-Rhine’s Grant Park on Sept. 21.

Antwan Hopey, 40, is facing one count of arson. Neighborhood surveillance video shows a man in a white t-shirt exit a car, pour accelerant onto a Honda Element before lighting it on fire and casually walking away.

The criminal complaint says Hopey was charged based on the fire investigation, witness statements and video evidence.

Local 12 first aired the video Monday as neighbors near Grant Park point to the arson as a reason why Cincinnati Police and Cincinnati City Council needs to crack down on late-night loitering and dice games. Court documents do not give a reason for the blaze but a friend of the victim tells Local 12, he believes Hopey targeted the wrong vehicle.

Hopey is currently behind bars at the Hamilton County Justice Center being held on other charges. His arraignment for the arson charge is set for Sept. 27 at 9 a.m.


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