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Arrest Made After Lauderhill Police Car Set On Fire Outside Synagogue

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) - A Lauderdale Lakes man is In Custody accused of committing two different arsons in Broward county over the past month and a half.

Brian Bocage, 21, faced a bond court judge Friday. Bocage has six criminal counts related to two different incidents.

Thursday night Bocage was picked up on an outstanding warrant related to torching the Veterans memorial in North Lauderdale in early December. Bocage put video of himself setting the fire on Instagram.

While BSO was questioning him, Lauderhill police arrived to ask him about the torching of a vacant police cruiser in a synagogue parking lot late Wednesday.

Police say he recorded himself torching the cruiser.

According to an arrest affidavit, Bocage told police "God spoke to him and told him he was doing his work."

Bond for all six charges has been set at $160,000.

Lauderhill police officers were sent to the parking lot of the Synagogue of Inverrary-Chabad on the 6700 block of Northwest 44th St shortly before midnight on January 12th where they found the car on fire.

The Lauderhill police cruiser, which was not occupied at the time, was parked in front of the synagogue to deter crime following a prior unrelated incident of vandalism. No injuries were reported.

Lauderhill Arson Social Media Video
(Source: Instagram/Leopon_The_Repoman)

Surveillance video obtained by Lauderhill police shows an unidentified man wearing a dark hoodie approach the vehicle and douse it with fluid. He then crouched down next to one of the tires and set it on fire. Within seconds the entire car was engulfed in flames.

Lauderhill Police Arson
(Source: Lauderhill Police)

The fire damaged the front end of the car and charred the engine, just a few feet away from the synagogue which was not damaged.

"As you can imagine, we're a little bit on edge but we're being vigilant and taking the necessary precautions," said Rabbi Levi Chanowitz.

Chanowitz said he was relieved to hear someone was in custody.

"Hopefully justice will be served," he said. "Those are disturbing images and actions that he's committed and hopefully he will be helped in a way that he will not be doing this in the future."

The rabbi said there have had incidents in the past and usually have a security guard outside the synagogue.

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