Man nabbed in Qns. arson-assault
By JOHN DOYLE, NY Post
A crazed Queens man set fire to the home of a couple he knew and then returned to the scene to brutally beat the woman before mowing down the cops who chased him.
Vipan Chander, 49, was captured Tuesday after he returned to the Forest Hills home on 64th Avenue that he allegedly torched the same day, police said.
Cops said the victims, both from India, called 911 after 3 p.m. to report that an arsonist threw gasoline in their doorway and windowsill and lit it.
They managed to put out the blaze. When fire marshals arrived to investigate, the female victim saw Chander driving by and said, "That's him there." He drove off but the marshals took down his license-plate number.
A short time later Chander came back to the home and assaulted the woman so badly she had to get hospital stitches for two cuts to the face.
At 6:34 p.m. cops spotted Chander's car stuck in traffic on the Grand Central Parkway. When they got out to stop him, he ran them down. One of the three injured officers was hospitalized overnight.
Chander was later arrested on attempted-murder and other charges.