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Man Who Allegedly Started Fires in Two Queens Malls Held Without Bail

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A Queens man was arraigned Wednesday for allegedly starting several fires in two Queens malls Monday.

Dereck Sumair, 23, is being held without bail and has to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

According to the Queens district attorney's office, he's being charged with multiple counts of arson, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

He's also being charged with breaking store windows in three separate incidents last December.

The DA's office said that he confessed to setting fires in 11 different stores between Sunday and Monday.

If convicted, Sumair faces up to 25 years in prison.

His next court date is March 18.

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