SCHENECTADY – A city man is facing attempted arson charges, accused of setting a fire next to an occupied building Saturday, authorities said.
He’s also accused of pouring flammable liquid on a man during the incident.
Moses R. Oliver, 31, of Strong Street, was arrested Saturday evening and charged with second-degree attempted arson, a felony, along with misdemeanor fifth-degree arson, third-degree assault and unlawfully possessing a noxious material.
Oliver is accused of setting to several metal recycle cans and wood against the rear of an occupied house at 923 State St. at about 5:45 p.m. Saturday, according to police allegations filed in court.
Oliver is also accused of punching a man in the face there, causing bruising, swelling and minor bleeding at about the same time and of starting a fire in a tool shed at 925 State St. at about the same time, damaging tools and the shed, according to the allegations.
The noxious material charge relates to the allegation poured the unknown flammable liquid on the victim, liquid he had just used to set fire to the tool shed and attempt to set fire to the building, according to the allegations. No injuries are alleged related to the liquid.