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Police: Teen tries to set fire inside RPD interview room

Officers said Marcos Vasquez-Santiago, 17, was being detained at the Rochester Police Department's Clinton Section Officer around 9 a.m. (Photo: ATF)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Rochester teen was arrested Monday after police said he tried to set fire to a Rochester Police building.

Officers said Marcos Vasquez-Santiago, 17, was being detained at the Rochester Police Department's Clinton Section Officer around 9 a.m.

Police said Vazquez-Santiago had been brought in on charges that he had 16 small plastic vials with heroin and fentanyl and running from police when confronted, according to court documents. He had been charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree obstructing governmental administration.

Vasquez-Santiago is accused of setting a fire inside the room, which was quickly put out.

Court paperwork states Vazquez-Santiago used a cigarette lighter to set a t-shirt on fire. Investigators said he admitted "he was angry and his intentions were to burn down anything and everything in the building."

The Arson Task Force in Rochester said Vasquez-Santiago intended to burn the building knowing that Rochester Police personnel were inside.

Vasquez-Santiago was arrested and charged with second-degree attempted arson. He is currently in the Monroe County Jail awaiting his arraignment.

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