Aug. 20, 2013 By Christian Murray
The Queens District Attorney’s office announced this afternoon that the Woodside man who was charged with starting a series of early-morning fires this past Sunday in Sunnyside Gardens faces up to 25 years in prison.
“The defendant is charged with setting five fires that were responsible for causing extensive damage to several occupied homes, a local business and a vehicle,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. “The fires could have caused serious injuries to responding firefighters or any of the people living in the residences.”
The District Attorney identified the defendant as Devon J. Page, 22, of 39-32 50th Street. Page is presently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on a criminal complaint charging him with three-counts of second-degree arson, two counts of third-degree arson, one count of fifth-degree arson and one count of petit larceny. If convicted, Page faces up to 25 years in prison.
Page began setting fires at approximately 5:00 a.m. on August 18, 2013. He allegedly started separate distinct fires at 39-82 50th Street – one in the yard and one in the driveway, the latter which caused damage to the residence which was occupied at the time.
Page also started two fires at Donato’s Pizza – which was closed at the time – with one of the fires causing damage to the pizzeria’s exterior walls, the district attorney alleges.
In a third instance, Page allegedly started a rubbish fire between two occupied residences – 39-04 49th Street and 39-10 49th Street.
The district attorney also alleges that Page set fire to a black trash bag in front of 39-24 49th Street and that the fire extended to the occupied residence – just below the bedroom of a three-year-old child.
Finally, Page allegedly got inside a 2008 Mercury Suburban belonging to former City Councilman Eric N. Gioia that was parked in the driveway of 39-41 49th Street and took two pairs of sunglasses from the car and threw a lighted cigarette into the backseat.
The fire damage to the vehicle was extensive and the residence suffered radiant heat damage.
Yeah back the heffaaaa up.
How much to bail him out….? We got this.
This is great, I bet the owner of the Sunnyside Post has already gotten a visit from the cops (if they’re remotely capable). Maybe that’s why he hasn’t posted lately, been too busy cooperating with them.
Hey idontevenliveinsunnyside, ever heard of IP addresses? Or subpoenas of ISPs? I love these World’s Dumbest Criminal shows.
Well kramdem…. idk who asked you but what you didnt know is I started 2 of those 5 fires…. and hes taking the blame for all of them. Maybe you should go help the nypd find me so he can actually be found guilty of what he dod and I can face the music for what I did. But you see, you wont find me… because just like the rest of the world….. ALL YOU DO IS SPECULATE. kill yourself with that weak opinion.
Uhm, Zimmerman was found not guilty after a jury trial. Sorry, that’s not the verdict you wanted or agree with but people found not guilty don’t get sentenced. You see, a person has to be found guilty in order to be sentenced. That’s the way the system works.
And this kid aint even my friend….. but I have to say 25 YEARS IS INSANE WHEN PEOPLE LIKE ZIMMERMAN WALK AWAY WITH NO MORE THAN A SLAP ON THE WRIST…. YEAH PUNUSHMENT IS IN ORDER BUT THIS IS BIGGER THAN YOUR STUPID LITTLE COMMUNITY ISSUES, THIS IS QUEENS….. NO, THIS IS NEW YORK! AND THINGS WORST THAN THIS HAPPEN ALL THE TIME. OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE! WAKE THE F$$K UP !
Webly you seems like a dirt bag to me . Keep your negative comment to your self and shove it up your …. Thank you.
Finally something legitimate for you all to complain about.
25 years in prison might be a bit too much, but he does need to do an adequate amount of time. Put him in population in Rikers and let’s see how he likes it…
It actually wasn’t so bad. It wasn’t fun sure but, it wasn’t bad if you’re strong, and smart. I got drunk, did something stupid and paid my dues. Life goes on. You all have my address, well I’m home now! Come say hi! Oh right, you just vent online =/ DEVON J PAGE.
Devon this is your grandfather let me hear from you love to hear from you and i got nothing but love for you
I agree, webly back off you dont know what you talking about.
sunnyside is changing.. alot of new people moving in from the city and make sunnyside an expensive place to live in now adays… and aparently webly is one of them.. ive been living in sunnyside for more than 20 years.. and all i got to say is maybe the real problem is the prices of rent. where an apartment once cost 700 to live in almost doubled .. thanks to the people who wanted to change sunnyside.. also 25 years is crazy .. just sounds so dramatic.. no1 was hurt .. and wheres the proof he did light GOYA beans car up on fire.. just cause he lit one thing on fire hes the one lighting everything up? i say mr. goya beans took a advantage on the situation and lit his own car … maybe hes getting broke living in this expensive neighborhood..
Forget all you ppl talking crap about him . Free my boy .
I have noticed more tagging on buildings.
@ Ruben! Thanks for the morning chuckle! LOL!
I told you all how this neighborhood was changing thanks to hipsters and yuppies. you all mocked me.
now you will see what your illusions will bring. Your modernization and “change is good” attitude.
ps: Change bum still shits under the train .
Could not agree more. But it’s not just the renters. Some of the owners
have yards that look like trash dumps. What has happened to our once
lovely court yards.
Dirtbag. Set an example of him so we won’t see more of these.
By the way, I see more and more of people who do not care about the neighborhood they live in. Our community is turning into a one big housing complex with %90 renters %10 owners. In this kind of a situation, you will have a handful of good old renters who respect the community, and the rest are sort of whoring around from one place to another with nothing to contribute, the littering, disgusting type. We are getting more and more of this type in our neighborhood. I can see that every day as I take my nightly walks around. Go ask any establishment that has been around for more than 10 years, they see the change.
Judge shira shi$$°~!lin: This young man is mentally unfit to stand trial. He is a victim of nypd profiling. How do we know he set all those fires? 25 years is excessive and unconstitutional. What he needs is counseling and a few hours of community service.
Wasn’t Gioia involved in some financial scandal recently? And now his car gets torched? Maybe this kid was working for somebody who might also be involved and the other fires were just to make this one look random. The older I get, the less I believe in coincidences.
No need for 25 years in Prison.
Just five minutes and a baseball bat. 😉
Sounds like he might have been messed up on drugs. Really late at night, sporadic. Glad they caught him, but feel terrible for everyone who had their weekend and property ruined.
Today at about 5pm a late 20s dirtbag couple sat down in the swing section of Lou Lodati park against the rear fence and lit a cigarette. They had a plastic bag of something. A woman went up to them and expressed disgust. They got up and left mumbling about her as they scooted away.
This kid isn’t playing with a full deck. No doubt, a mental evaluation will be called for.