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A New Jersey man was arrested today for allegedly setting eight fires in two NYC hotels over the past four years. According to the FDNY, the man reportedly worked as a security officer at both hotels. They believe he set the fires to decrease the hotels' popularity...so he'd have less work to do on the job.

FDNY Fire Marshalls arrested 30-year-old Mariano Barbosa Jr., a resident of Union City, NJ, this morning; he's currently employed as the Director of Security at the Yotel Hotel near Times Square, and previously worked at the SoHo Grand Hotel. Officials believe he set five fires at Yotel Hotel and three at the SoHo Grand, with all eight fires set in hallways, stairwells or in front of exit doors to keep patrons in and keep the FDBY out.

"It's disturbing that an individual charged with the safety of hotel occupants would callously endanger their lives—and the lives of firefighters—for personal gain," Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano said in a statement today. Barbosa allegedly set his first fire in February 2009, and the FDNY says his most recent fire was set on September 8th of this year.

Update October 12th, 2015: The charges against Barbosa have been dismissed.