New York police seek man who set fire to Muslim woman

By REUTERS
September 14, 2016 11:54

NEW YORK - New York City investigators on Tuesday searched for a man suspected of setting fire to a traditionally dressed Muslim woman in a Midtown shopping area, police said.

Police said they were investigating the incident, which occurred the day before the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, as a hate crime.

The 35-year-old woman was standing outside a luxury clothing boutique on Park Avenue on Saturday evening when she felt her left arm suddenly heat up and noticed her blouse was on fire, city police said in a statement.

"She patted out the fire and observed a male standing next to her with a lighter in his hand," police said.


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