(Editor's Note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.)
Suffolk County Police have arrested two Queens brothers for setting their bagel store on fire on September 9, 2009. Natan Khaimov, 22, of 153-26 77th Ave., Flushing, and Robert Khaimov, 28, of 158-17 78th Road, Flushing, were charged with Arson 2nd Degree for setting a fire at the Uber Café located at 334 Depot Road in Huntington Station. Both men were arraigned December 19 at First District Court in Central Islip and pled not guilty.
Natan is being represented by defense attorney Bruce Roistacher of Manhattan. Robert is being represented by attorney Barry Black of Plainview. Both defendants are due back in court March 2.
Here is the original press release issued from the police report in September:
Incident: Fireman Dies After Responding to Bagel Store Fire
Location: Uber Café, 334 Depot Road, Huntington Station
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 3 a.m.
The Suffolk County Police Department Homicide and Arson Squads are conducting an investigation in which a fireman died after collapsing at the scene of a fire early this morning.
Richard Holst, 60, a member of the Huntington Manor Fire Department, observed smoke coming from the Uber Café, located at 334 Depot Road in Huntington Station, at 3 a.m. Holst reported the fire to his department and he and a Suffolk County police officer determined that the smoke was emanating from the rear of the building. Holst collapsed shortly afterwards and was transported to Huntington Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Holst, of Huntington Station, was taken to the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be conducted. The Arson Squad's investigation is continuing.