Ex-husband from Jersey City charged with attempted arson

Suspect Wildemar Dangcil. Photo: Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office

Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of Wildemar Dangcil, 37, of 103 Gifford Avenue, Jersey City, for allegedly pouring gasoline around his ex-wife’s car and home.

Dangcil, a laborer, was apprehended following an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, and the Hackensack Police Department under the direction of Officer In Charge Captain Peter Busciglio.

On June 6, the Hackensack Police Department received a call from a female stating that her ex-husband, identified as Dangcil, poured gasoline from a red plastic gasoline container around her home knowing she was inside. Hackensack police officers responded to investigate and spoke with the caller.

An investigation revealed that Dangcil approached the victim while she was sitting in the driver’s seat of her vehicle, which was parked in her driveway. Holding a red plastic gasoline container, he told his estranged wife that he was going to burn her car with her in it. The victim fled the vehicle and took shelter in her home. Dangcil then poured gasoline around the residence. Hackensack police officers arrived on the scene before Dangcil was able to ignite the gasoline. They attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop, but the suspect ignored their commands and fled.

A short time later, Dangcil’s unoccupied vehicle was located at a nearby shopping center in Little Ferry, NJ. He was found in Teterboro, and arrested by Hackensack police officers.

He was charged on June 6 with one count of Attempted Aggravated Arson, a 2nd degree crime; one count of Eluding, a 2nd degree crime; one count of Terroristic Threats, a 3rd degree crime; and one count of Contempt Of A Domestic Violence Restraining Order, a 4th degree crime.

Dangcil was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack.

Prosecutor Musella stated that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and he would like to thank the Hackensack Police Department for its assistance in this investigation. — Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office

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