Macerata

Propane-packed car lit in attempt on toy factory

Arsonist attacks teacher to steal car for getaway

Propane-packed car lit in attempt on toy factory

Macerata, June 28 - An ex-employee of the Italian toymaker Clementoni allegedly tried to destroy the factory in central-eastern Italy where he once worked by lighting a car-bomb in the company's courtyard, investigators reported on Friday. Investigators say the man lit a Matiz Daewoo car packed with propane tanks and petrol at about 7 am on Friday. The man reportedly fled on foot to a nearby school where he attacked an arriving teacher, spraying her in the eyes and mouth with mace, and threatening her with a knife. After forcing the woman to hand over the keys to her car, the man sped off in her Fiat Punto from the scene. Police are combing the Adriatic coast between Macerata and Ancona, as well as the whole Marche region, in pursuit of the suspect identified as a 44-year old Ioan Nini, who was born in Romania and worked at Clementoni for twelve months in 2010 as temporary personnel. Investigators say that in the two years since his employment at Clementoni, Nini continued to work on a temporary basis at various companies in northern Italy. Two Clementoni employees subdued the flames at the factory with extinguishers. A paramilitary police bomb-squad reached the scene to eliminate any remaining danger. Patrizia Clementoni, a member of the family behind the toymaker, praised the employees who put out the flames. ''We must say thank you to our fire-fighting workers, Fabio Meriggi and Simone Lampa. It is only thanks to their courage that tragedy was avoided today,'' Clementoni told journalists. ''We will propose awarding our heroes with a prize during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of our company,'' Clementoni added. No children were at the school at the time the teacher, Alessandra Amichetti, was assaulted. Amichetti was taken to hospital where she was being treated in the emergency room.

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