East Meadow Suspect Burned Man in Tent, Cops Say

An East Meadow man was arrested for allegedly setting fire to a tent in which a man was sleeping in the Hempstead Plains Preserve in Uniondale this week, police said.

Bradley Storey, 50, of East Meadow, was charged with arson, assault and reckless endangerment.

New York State police said Storey and the 37-year-old victim got into a fight and when the victim later woke up from his sleep, his tent was on fire and he suffered burns to his legs and feet while trying to escape at 9:15 p.m. Monday.

The fire spread, reportedly burning about 1,000 feet of the preserve on the south side of Charles Lindbergh Boulevard between the Long Island Marriott and Meadowbrook State Parkway. Uniondale firefighters reportedly extinguished the flames.

The victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries.

Storey is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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