FBI Arrests Queens Man for Allegedly Burning Police Car on West 83rd While Wearing Guy Fawkes Mask


Photo via 20th precinct.

The FBI arrested a Queens resident named Sam Resto on charges that he set a police car on fire on West 83rd Street early on the morning of July 29, according to the New York Post.

Resto was under surveillance by the FBI when he took a rideshare to the UWS from Queens, the Post reports.

“At 3:50 a.m. Resto, wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, allegedly smashed in the window of an NYPD Ford Fusion parked at West 83rd Street near Columbus Avenue, doused the inside with gas and set it aflame, [a detention memo said],” the Post reported. “Assistant US Attorney Michael Keilty wrote in the memo that Resto’s alleged criminal conduct had escalated “posing a severe and ongoing risk to the community.”

Based on the report, it sounds like Resto was not connected to a protest against the police commissioner that occurred the same morning about 10 blocks South.

A judge ordered Resto held without bail.

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    1. hz says:

      Can W 82nd st get their block back now?

    2. GG says:

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…

      Why is it always 83rd St. between Columbus and Amsterdam??

      Across from a school, no less…and one block from the police precinct.

    3. World Peacenik says:

      Why would anyone connect his actions to the protest against the police commissioner?

      This guy was monitored by the FBI, the protestors sang songs.

    4. Jerry says:

      This is exactly what everyone is concerned about 83 rd St between Columbus and Amsterdam. Crimes, drugs, burned police cars. No accountability one block away from a police prescient and across the street front PS9.

    5. Elizabeth Rodman says:

      The day after the incident, a patrolman on W82nd Street told me that it was “those protesters” who had set the car on fire and were to blame for the barricades that have been up on our block for some 2 1/2 months… Meanwhile one has to ask, if the cops are so concerned about disturbances in the area, WHY are they sitting with their noses in their cell phones in their cars stationed at either at end of W82nd Street (where there hasn’t been an incident in 25+ years) instead of walking/patroling around the neighborhood??

    6. jimbo says:

      You think that block is bad now? You should have been around in the 60’s.Superman and Batman would not have ventured down that block.

    7. I says:

      This is what happens to a city dominated with liberals who cant manage a checkbook. City is destroyed by uber libs.

    8. Ben David says:

      Aren’t we lucky?! Of all the places that Sam Resto chose to commit his crime, he came to the Upper West Side—from Queens. I suppose he felt that he would feel right at home among our ultra liberal, anti-police residents and elected officials.

      • Alan Scott says:

        It’s sad that it might be true! Agreed

      • SO says:

        Ben, I don’t think this was about starting an UWS movement, which is what you awkwardly imply. It is far more likely that this was a paid right-wing troublemaker. FBI was watching.

      • Bruce Bernstein says:

        yes, he couldn’t stand all those conservatives and Republicans in AOC’s Congressional District.