Officials say a New Jersey man is under arrest in connection with setting a string of fires at city hotels where he worked.
The New York Fire Department says fire marshals arrested 30-year-old Mariano Barbosa of Union City and charged him with setting numerous fires at the Yotel Hotel and the Soho Grand Hotel between February 2009 and September 2013.
The FDNY says Barbosa set three fires at the Soho Grand Hotel from 2009 to 2010 and five fires at the Yotel Hotel from 2011 to 2013, with the most recent incident taking place on September 8.
At the time of his arrest, officials say Barbosa was a security officer at the Yotel Hotel.
Officials say the fires were set in hallways, stairwells and in front of exit doors.
Fire marshals say Barbosa set the fires in the hotels in an effort to drive away business so that he would have less work to do.
In a statement, the Yotel says the safety and security of guests and staff is a top priority.