Man lights backpack on fire outside Park Slope synagogue during Yom Kippur: police

Kimberly Dole
October 10, 2019 - 9:03 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A video of a man lighting a backpack on fire and leaving it on the steps of the Park Slope Jewish Center in Brooklyn on Yom Kippur was released by police early Thursday.

Just before 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, the suspect intentionally set the contents of a backpack on fire in front of 1320 8th Avenue before fleeing the scene, police say.

The fire was extinguished by the FDNY and no injuries were reported.

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.

There has been an increase in police presence around synagogues and Jewish cultural centers during the High Holy Days.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of the suspect is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477.

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