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Trump International Hotel Arson Not Political

The man charged with setting two fires at the Trump International Hotel on Wednesday was not politically motivated, officials said on Thursday. Roger Fraley, who was arrested at the scene, is charged with arson and burglary.

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“Evidence at the scene and information gathered by investigators suggests that this incident was not politically motivated,” Clark County Fire said in a statement. Nearly four dozen fire personnel responded to the scene around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. One fire was in the women’s restroom on the pool deck and the other was in the hallway on the 17th floor.

Both fires involved two toasters and some combustible material. Neither fire set off the sprinklers but both fires did activate the smoke alarms. A security guard at the hotel suffered minor injuries while apprehending Fraley. Fraley, who told investigators that he had been looking to cause mischief, is being held on $90,000 bail.

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Manhattan Security Guard Attacked Citizen in Government Building, Prosecutors Say

FINANCIAL DISTRICT, NY A private security guard hired to work in a government building in lower Manhattan allegedly attacked a citizen and fractured his ribs without provocation, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Wednesday. (For more news from the Financial District and the rest of New York City, subscribe to Patch news alerts here[1].)

Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment on Tuesday charging Edwin Caban, a security officer in a federal government building, with violating the civil rights of a civilian last year. Caban allegedly pushed “the victim over a desk and then repeatedly [punched] the victim in the ribs without physical provocation,” according to the criminal complaint. Caban, 55, worked as a security officer at a Social Security Administration building in the Financial District. He was employed by a private contractor hired by the Federal Protective Services, the branch of Homeland Security that guards federal buildings. The criminal complaint also accuses Caban of lying about the incident and trying to cover it up. Joon Kim, the acting U.S. attorney for Manhattan, disclosed the complaint on Wednesday evening.

“The Federal Protective Service s mission is to protect federal facilities, including employees and visitors,” Kim said in a statement. “But in this case, we ve alleged, an innocent visitor needed protection from a violent and unprovoked attack by Protective Security Officer Edwin Caban, which fractured the visitor s ribs. Officer Caban then allegedly lied about the incident, falsely claiming the victim was disruptive and required removal from the building. “

According to prosecutors, Caban was working in the lobby of the building in June 2016 when a man entered the building wheeling an older man in a wheelchair. When Caban tried to move the wheelchair, the man asked him to stop, prosecutors said. Caban then accused the man of trying to take photos of him with his phone, according to the complaint. At that point, Caban reached for the man, who had his hands up, and pushed him toward the elevator bank, authorities said. Caban allegedly continued to push him backward over a desk, before pinning the man against a wall and then punching him four times in the chest and ribs, according to prosecutors. The incident was recorded by security cameras. Caban lied about the incident to NYPD officers who responded to the scene, in an incident report he submitted, and to investigators from the Federal Protective Service, prosecutors claimed. He was also charged with one count of filing false forms and making false statements

Caban’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Former Pawtucket group home employee accused of sex-trafficking teen in DCYF care

Katie Mulvaney Journal Staff Writer kmulvane

CRANSTON A former staff counselor at a group home was charged this week with sex trafficking a teenage girl who was under the care of the state Department of Children, Youth and Families. The Cranston police, working with U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigators, arrested Reysean Williams, 27, Monday at the Blackstone Valley Youth and Family Collaborative in Pawtucket. He has since been fired from his job working at the group home that helps transition men ages 18 to 21 who are in state care into independent living, according to Dan Brito, Blackstone Valley executive director. The charge did not relate to Williams’ work at Blackstone, according to a spokeswoman for DCYF.

“It’s extremely disturbing. These are the people we should be helping,” Brito said Thursday. He added: “It’s sad that we have people in this field who engage in this behavior.”

Williams, of 52 Manton St., Pawtucket, was in District Court, Warwick on Tuesday. Judge Mary E. McCaffrey released Williams on a $10,000 property bond, court records show. He was referred to the public defender. Kerri White, spokeswoman for DCYF, confirmed that a call was placed to the state hotline about Williams’ arrest, and that the victim’s case was open to the department. White said Williams had never been a caregiver to the child. The Blackstone Valley Collaborative is contracted with the state to provide services to individuals in DCYF care.

White said that she couldn’t provide more information due to confidentiality laws, but that DCYF is investigating. According to an affidavit supporting Williams’ arrest, filed in District Court by Cranston police, on April 17 the department’s special victims unit, working with Homeland Security, conducted a sting for juveniles posting advertisements for commercial sex on the Backpage website. A 17-year-old girl, identified as J1, was located. Three days later, investigators accompanied J1 to an apartment in Cranston for a sex transaction. As a result, an unnamed man and woman were arrested for prostitution. Two cellphones were seized from J1.

Two conversations between the girl and Williams, using the handle “Sincere,” were found, the affidavit said. J1 had sent Williams nude and scantily clad images to which Williams would respond with screen shots of provocative Backpage ads he said he had posted. J1 told investigators that she met Williams in late February through an unidentified male for purposes of prostitution, the affidavit says. According to the affidavit, she and Williams reached an agreement in which they would split evenly all money earned for sex acts. Williams managed the posts and took her to hotels in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York, booking rooms for prostitution, under his own name using his credit card.

J1 told investigators that Williams would regularly drive a Blackstone Valley Collaborative van to a “trap house” in Providence, where J1 was staying, to collect money from her and others. She said that she and other females were not allowed to leave the house unless specific permission was granted, the affidavit says. Col. Michael J. Winquist, Cranston police chief, referred all questions to the federal agency involved in the probe. Shawn Neudauer, public affairs officer for Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Boston, referred calls to the state attorney general’s office and said that eventually Williams might be charged federally.

Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for the attorney general, said the department is working with its partners to ensure the mental and physical well-being of sex-trafficking victims. “As law enforcement finishes the investigation, prosecutors from our office and the U.S. Attorney s office will determine the best venue for prosecution either in state court of federal court,” she said.

The Providence Journal does not identify juveniles or alleged victims of sex crimes. The phone number listed for Williams was not accepting calls Thursday afternoon.

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