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Queens Pharmacist Charged With Setting Fire To Speed Camera in Douglaston: Feds

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August 4th, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

An anti-Semitic Queens pharmacist – who expressed his support of last year’s mass shooting of Muslims in New Zealand – has been arrested by the feds for setting fire to a speed camera in Douglaston.

Elijah Song, 28, was arrested Monday for allegedly setting fire last month to a traffic enforcement camera located at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Douglaston Parkway.

Song, who is from Flushing, has been charged with one incident of setting fire to property belonging to a federal agency.

Song faces up to 20 years year in prison if convicted of the charge.

According to the complaint, Song set fire to the speed camera at the intersection on July 18 at around 12:30 a.m. while two cops were patrolling the area—after being notified that other cameras had been torched that night.

Song, who was caught by police in the act, was chased by one of the cops through a nearby cemetery. Song was able to get away from the cop and later drove off in his car.

A short time later, police located the car–which was parked by a firehouse close by–and searched the vehicle with the help of the FDNY.

Fire Marshals found two bottles of ignitable liquid – consistent with gasoline – inside a backpack in the vehicle. They also recovered four gas cans containing around eight gallons of gasoline and aerosol cans matching the make and model of cans found at the camera at Northern Boulevard and Douglaston Parkway.

They also found numerous hand tools including bolt cutters, a sledgehammer and an eight-inch hunting knife.

Fire Marshals also found a notebook with Song’s name that contained handwritten notes supporting the manifesto of Brenton Tarrant. Tarrant was convicted of carrying out the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand last year that killed 51 Muslims.

One note in Song’s notebook read, “I would love to kill me a whole bunch of those f**kers, just like the New Zealand shooter who killed 50 of them.”

He expressed his intentions to obtain training in explosives, knives, guns and hand-to-hand combat. After this training Song wrote that he would “like to be the catalyst, to take back the country from the ancient, evil, devil worshipers.”

Fire Marshals also recovered stacks of anti-Semitic propaganda flyers.

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