Suspect arrested for spilling gasoline on steps of SI recreation center: NYPD

PORT RICHMOND, Staten Island – Police say a man has been arrested for spilling gasoline on the steps of a Staten Island church’s recreation center Sunday.

Willie Griggs, 32, was in attendance at the St. Philips Baptist Church Community Center in Port Richmond at about 12:30 p.m. when he stole a drumstick from a drummer at practice, police said. The NYPD said children between the ages of 5 and 17 attended the drumline session.

Griggs went outside and allegedly poured gasoline on the recreation center steps but he quickly disappeared, while leaving behind a trail of gasoline, police said. Officers were called and tracked down Griggs, who still had the gasoline on him when he was apprehended.

He was charged with attempted arson as a hate crime, petty larceny, resisting larceny, resisting arrest and reckless endangerment, police said.