Woman filmed sprinkles gasoline on Yeshiva and sets it on fire in Flatbush, Brooklyn



FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (WABC) – Brooklyn Police are looking for a woman who was filmed lighting a burning Jewish school. They think it may be a woman with mental illness seen in the area.

It happened Thursday at 7:27 p.m. at the Flatbush Yeshiva on J.

The woman can be seen dressed in black and carrying a can of red gasoline.

Police say they walked towards the Yeshiva, sprayed the area with gasoline and set it on fire.

A security guard inside the school saw what was happening and was able to extinguish the fire with water.

The woman is described as being approximately 5’4 ” tall, with an average build, black hair and wearing dark colored clothing, black shoes and a red gasoline container.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the blaze, but detectives suspect the woman may be a mentally disturbed resident who lives nearby, so it’s unclear whether the case will remain a crime of bias.

They are also investigating whether the woman captured during surveillance is the same woman spotted shortly before the fire, carrying a red gas canister and shouting into a megaphone, on Nostrand Avenue and Ave J.

Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident.

Police are offering a reward of $ 3,500 for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the New York Police Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or, in Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA ( 74782).

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