Man arrested in police car arson outside synagogue

A man is behind bars, accused of setting a police car ablaze outside a Lauderhill synagogue.

Brian Bocage, 21, was arrested Thursday night and faces charges of arson and criminal mischief, Lauderhill police said.

The fire was set shortly before midnight Wednesday in the parking lot of the Synagogue of Inverrary-Chabad at 6700 Northwest 44th Street.

According to police, surveillance video showed a man with a container walking up to the unoccupied vehicle and pouring some kind of liquid on it before it was set on fire.

Detectives say Bocage even posted video of the crime on Instagram. His social media account also shows a video from Dec. 3 where someone set fire to North Lauderdale’s veterans memorial. The Broward Sheriff’s Office says they are looking into that case.

Brian Bocage, 21, is accused of setting a police car on fire outside a synagogue. He faces criminal mischief and arson charges.

Rabbi Levi Chanowitz woke up to a call from police that the person believed to be behind the arson at his synagogue was arrested.

“We’re glad he’s off the streets and not a danger to society,” Chanowitz said.

After a sign was destroyed in a vandalism incident at the synagogue earlier this month, the unoccupied police car was left in the parking lot to scare away would-be criminals.

Nobody was injured in the fire, and the synagogue was not damaged.

“My message to this individual is to find God,” said the rabbi’s wife Estie Chanowitz. “Find peace in your own life.”

Anyone with further information about the case is asked to call the Lauderhill Police Department or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

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