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3 Staten Island Men Arrested In Connection With Convent Fire

One Suspect Faces Several Charges Including Arson As Hate Crime

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Three Staten Island men have been arrested in connection with a two-alarm blaze at a convent.

Vincent Calder, 19, was arrested Friday on several charges, including arson as a hate crime and burglary, police said.

Two others — Christopher Sasso and Diego Tuso, both 19 — were arrested on charges of burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing, police said.

Two nuns were hurt in the fire, which broke out last Saturday at St. Joseph Hill Academy on Hylan Boulevard.

One of the nuns, Sister Regina Gegic, jumped from a second-floor window to escape and was hospitalized with a back injury. The second nun suffered minor injuries, but declined medical treatment at the scene. Four firefighters were injured, officials said.

The incident was the second attack on church facilities this year. In August, vandals trashed the new convent days before the nuns were set to move in, officials said.

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