Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Man lights backpack ablaze on steps of Brooklyn Jewish center on Yom Kippur, police sources say 

A firebug lit a backpack ablaze on the steps of the Park Slope Jewish Center in Brooklyn on Yom Kippur, though cops don’t believe the disturbing incident was a hate crime, police sources said.

A witness saw the man eyeball a backpack on the ground as he walked along Eighth Ave., near 14th St., just before 1 a.m., sources said. He picked it up, sat on the steps of the Jewish Center, and started rummaging through it, sources said.

Then, he lit the backpack on fire and bolted.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force doesn’t believe the arsonist was motivated by hate, nor that he targeted the Jewish Center, sources said.

The NYPD says it’s increased patrols around synagogues and Jewish cultural centers during the High Holy Days.


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