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Big Ang's 12 year old nephew is arrested for arson

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A 12-year-old nephew of VH1 reality TV star Angela "Big Ang" Raiola was arrested, along with two teenagers, for arson in connection with the Aug. 28 blaze that severely damaged the Kruser-Finley house in Historic Richmondtown, Staten Island, officials said.

A 12-year-old nephew of “Mob Wives” star Angela "Big Ang" Raiola has been arrested for setting fire to a historic home on Staten Island, law enforcement sources said Tuesday.
The reality TV star’s nephew was one of three adolescent boys booked for starting a blaze on the afternoon of Aug. 28 inside the 223-year-old Kruser-Finley House, which is part of Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town, police said.
The boys “lit combustibles” to spark the fire, a law enforcement source said.
The names of the children — the others are a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old — were not released because they are minors.
The Kruser-Finley home was built about 1790. 
The Kruser-Finley home was built about 1790. 
All three are facing charges of arson, criminal mischief, burglary, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass.
FDNY Fire Marshals tracked down the accused arsonists after one of them bragged on Facebook about starting the blaze, officials said.
Flames gutted the second floor of the home, which was built about 1790, and burned through the roof. It took firefighters about an hour to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported.
The executive director of Historic Richmond Town, Ed Wiseman, said the Kruser-Finley home was not on the public tour list last summer. “The building was locked, and they came in, during the day, and lit the fire,” Wiseman said.
Big Ang Raiola is shown attending an event  at Gotham Hall in New York City in March 2012. 
Big Ang Raiola is shown attending an event at Gotham Hall in New York City in March 2012. 
“It’s distressing that the house was set on fire, but it’s even more devastating that there might be children able and willing to commit this act,” he said. “This is a wake-up call for all parents.”
Wiseman said FDNY Fire Marshals were dogged in their investigation.
“Any tip they got they tracked down,” he said. “These guys were like the FBI of the fire department.”
Big Ang Raiola, who is the niece of the late Genovese crime family captain Salvatore "Sally Dogs" Lombardi, appeared in VH1’s “Mob Wives” and went on to star in her own VH1 show, “Big Ang.” She also owns the Drunken Monkey, a bar in West Brighton, Staten Island.
Raiola did not return calls for comment.
In 2012, Raiola’s son, Anthony Donofrio, 23, was arrested in Brooklyn for selling Oxycodone, marijuana and cocaine, officials said.



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