NEW YORK (PIX11) — Investigators have charged a teenager in connection with a fire that broke out in a Coney Island high-rise and critically injured two New York police officers, police said.
Police have arrested a resident of a Coney Island High-Rise, Marcell Dockery, who faces charges of assault, arson and reckless endangerment, police announced Monday.
Dockery, 16, said nothing, but gave a slight grin getting into a police car outside the 60th Pct. in Coney Island, Brooklyn after his arrest.
The fire erupted about 12:30 p.m. Sunday on the 13th floor of 2007 Surf Ave., officials said. Two officers became trapped by smoke, and were found unconscious.
They were taken to separate hospitals and listed in critical condition.
The officers were identified as Rosa Rodriguez, 36, and Dennis Guerra, 38.
In a dramatic scanner conversation obtained by PIX11, Guerra can be heard telling the dispatcher, “I can’t breathe.”
Both Rodriguez and Guerra suffered smoke inhalation.
According to police sources, the suspect told detectives he used a lighter, and lit the mattress because he was bored on Sunday.
Sources said he told detectives that he tried to put it out, but couldn’t, and that he also tried to help residents get out.
According to police, Dockery has two prior arrests.