NYPD Release Video of Man Suspected of Setting Muslim Tourist on Fire in Manhattan


The New York Police Department released video of a man (seen wearing black) suspected of setting Muslim tourist on fire in Manhattan on Sept. 10, 2016.

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The New York Police Department has released footage of a man who they believe lit a Muslim tourist's blouse on fire in front of a luxury clothing store on Fifth Avenue last Saturday, KTLA sister station WPIX reported.

The 35-year-old victim, dressed in a traditional Muslim garb, was outside Valentino in midtown just before 9 p.m. when she says felt something warm on her left arm and noticed her blouse was on fire, police said.

She patted out the fire and saw a man standing next to her with a lighter in his hand, according to police.

The individual then walked away eastbound on East 54th Street. Surveillance video shows the alleged attacker in a black tank-top and dark-colored jeans.

The victim refused medical attention.

The NYPD's Hate Crime and Task Force is investigating the incident.

The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned attack on the woman in the latest in a series of attacks on Muslims and urged Mayor Bill de Blasio to add resources for the investigation of hate crimes.

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