Warrant issued for restaurant owner failing to appear at arson sentencing

CLIFTON HEIGHTS, OH (FOX19) - A warrant has been issued for a Clifton Heights arson suspect after he failed to show up in court on Tuesday.

Aiman Arabeiat, 45, was charged back in 2011 with burning down his own business. Arabeiat was charged with two counts of aggravated arson after an explosion rocked the Jerusalem Restaurant on November 13, 2011.

Following the charges, his attorney said the Sheriff's Department has turned him away twice from the jail because of the severe burns sustained during the explosion.

Prosecutors asked for a high bond, saying it was a serious crime and the jail could make arrangements to handle his medical condition, but Judge Melissa Powers released him on his own recognizance and ordered him to surrender his passport.

Arabeiat was scheduled in court to be sentence on Tuesday. A judge has issued a warrant for his arrest.

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