3 suspects arrested in connection with several arson fires at Riverside liquor store

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Authorities have arrested three men, including one who owns a competing liquor store across the street in Riverside, police said.
 
The four arson fires occurred at 'Sunny Liquor' at 4810 Tyler Street in the City of Riverside on January 3rd, March 4th, April 27th, and November 11th, 2016.

The store's surveillance system captured the incidents. The arsons included throwing a 'Molotov cocktail' at and on top of the building and pouring a flammable substance along the front of the business and lighting it on fire.

The business suffered exterior and interior damage during the incidents.

The Riverside Police and Fire Departments conducted a joint investigation and on Tuesday November 22nd arrested 42-year-old Riverside resident Willis Lee Simmons. On Wednesday November 23rd 49-year-old Moreno Valley resident Munir 'Mark' Hawara was arrested. 33-year-old Riverside resident Randy Allen Ramirez, already in-custody due to an unrelated case, was arrested and re-booked into the jail.
 
The investigation revealed that Munir 'Mark' Hawara, owner and operator of 'Tyler Market' at 4773 Tyler Street, which is across the street from the victim's store, paid Willis Simmons and Randy Ramirez a sum of money to burn down his neighboring, competing store.

Members of the Riverside Police Department Vice Unit and California Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) also conducted an inspection of Munir 'Mark' Hawara's business, 'Tyler Market,' and will follow-up on possible administrative business sanctions.

All three suspects were booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for charges that include arson and conspiracy.
 
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