Police said Alejo fled to a nearby residence and hid for several hours before starting a fire in the neighbor's garage, WPIX reported.
"It was very, very scary," Judy Capoziello, a neighbor, told WCBS. "There were a lot of police outside screaming, 'Get out of the house! Get (out) of the house!'"
“I turned around, opened the window, and I saw flames coming from underneath the garage,” another neighbor, Leah Rosenberg told the television station. “It’s very, very sad when you see something like that.”
Alejo turned himself in to police, but then tried to escape custody and was restrained by several officers, WNBC reported.