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2 Orangetown Men Charged with Arson, Fraud in Early-Morning Car Fire

Police: Men accused of setting car on fire, reporting it stolen in bid to collect insurance.

Two Orangetown men have been charged with arson and insurance fraud in connection with an early-morning fire that destroyed a car in Palisades, according to Orangetown Police.

Police said Ryan Swann, 22, of William Street, Sparkill, and Brian Baez, 23, of Bogart Place, Tappan, are accused of setting fire to a 2009 BMW 328i on Kopac Lane in Palisades. The car, according to police, is owned by Swann.

At about 2:11 a.m. today, Orangetown police recieved a report that a car had been stolen on Oak Tree Road in Palisades. As they were taking information about the car, police said another call came in reporting the fire on Kopac Lane.

Orangetown police said town officers and detectives found that Swann and Baez had set the car on fire to make an insurance claim. The car was destroyed by the fire. Volunteers of the Sparkill Fire Department put out the blaze.

Detectives ask that anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has information about it call them at 845-359-2121.

Swann and Baez were both charged with first-degree arson and third-degree insurance fraud. The were arriagned in Orangetown Town Court and were ordered held in the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City.

Sam February 08, 2013 at 02:14 PM
How about we don't act like an ass over the Internet rob tough behind a computer screen . These two were good guys just in a really tough spot if you had known them you would feel differently
NoName February 08, 2013 at 02:30 PM
A lot of people are in a "tough spot". If I dont have enough money, what do I do rob a bank and then say, "I was in a tough spot but, I'm a good guy?" They obviously committed a crime and torched the car in an attempt to commit Insurance fraud. That type of crime is what causes all of our insurance rates, collectively, to skyrocket. SO these guys in a "tough spot" can scam the system at everyone else's expense. Not a good argument Sam.
Joan K February 08, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Sam, I only wish that I had a 2009 BMW, I drive a much older Toyota. If a 23 year old cannot afford a luxury car, then they should attempt to sell it and not set it on fire. I have no sympathy for either of these individuals who tried to play games and defraud an insurance company and make the fire department repsond to an arson fire.
Watchdog February 08, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Now they are in a tougher spot. When your problems are only financial, you have no problems.
Ryan Swann February 08, 2013 at 08:19 PM
I went to high school with these guys, my locker was next to Ryan's in sixth grade and I played varsity sports with Brian. They aren't bad people. Somewhat cordial, decent sense of humor. Clearly their lack of intelligence caught up with them. I would see Brian pumping gas in Jersey when I was in Rockland from time to time, not sure what Ryan did. They lived in the town where they grew up though, if they were drowning financially they should have moved in with their parents. I'm curious what they were sipping on when they devised their genius, get rich quick scheme. They should have realized it was a bad idea once lighting one of their own cars on fire was suggested. Sell the German luxury whip and flip coke to get by. Getting caught selling cocaine is definitely a better alternative to Class A-I and Class D felonies. Should've asked an experienced swindler. Good luck fellas.

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