States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|March 24, 2011||
NEW HAVEN MAN ADMITS PARTICIPATING IN 2009 LAUNDROMAT ARSON
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that OSVALDO SEGUI, SR., also known as “Baldo” and “Bardo,” 49, of New Haven, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to one count of conspiring to destroy property used in interstate commerce by fire. The charge stems from SEGUI’s participation in the July 2009 arson of a New Haven laundromat.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in the summer of 2009, SEGUI and others devised a plan to set fire to the People’s Laundromat on 83 Lombard Street in the Fair Haven section of New Haven. The plan called for Osvaldo Segui, Jr., SEGUI’s son, to set fire to the laundromat while SEGUI would perform the role of a lookout. SEGUI and his son expected to be paid or receive other benefits for their participation in the arson.
SEGUI provided his son with instructions on how to perform the arson and, prior to the fire on July 30, 2009, SEGUI drove his vehicle to the laundromat and carried gasoline cans into the laundromat. Segui Jr. subsequently accessed the People’s Laundromat from the back door and poured gasoline into a hole that had previously been cut into the ceiling. The gasoline ignited, which resulted in a fire in the building. Shortly after the fire occurred, Segui Jr. went to the Yale New Haven Hospital Emergency Room to be treated for burns to his legs. He was discharged the following day.
In early August 2009, in an effort to conceal his conduct and avoid detection, Segui Jr. left Connecticut and temporarily relocated to Florida. SEGUI sent money, which had been provided by another individual, to his son in Florida.
As a result of responding to the fire at the laundromat, a New Haven firefighter sustained injuries that rendered him temporarily disabled and unable to return to work without limitations until November 2009.
Judge Droney has scheduled sentencing for June 10, 2011, at which time SEGUI faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of seven years and a maximum term of 40 years.
On February 28, 2011, Osvaldo Segui, Jr., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to destroy property used in interstate commerce by fire. He awaits sentencing.
U.S. Attorney Fein commended the substantial efforts and cooperation of the several agencies involved in this investigation including the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s JTTF, the Connecticut State Police, the New Haven Police Department, and the New Haven Fire Department.
U.S. Attorney Fein stated that the investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information that may be relevant to the investigation should call the FBI at 203-777-6311.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Stephen Reynolds and Ray Miller.
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