New York police are offering a reward of up to $3,500 for information leading to the arrest of a woman accused of pouring gasoline onto the ground and setting it on fire outside a Brooklyn yeshiva on Thursday night, according to police and a witness.
The incident took place at 7:35 p.m. on the sidewalk next to a fence that surrounds the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School. When the suspect set the gasoline on fire, it quickly went out, police said.
A witness said that the woman poured out gasoline for about 10 feet along Avenue J and poured out another 40 feet along East 17th Street, the New York Daily News reported.
The yeshiva is located at the intersection of both streets.
She was also observed pouring gasoline onto the entrance to the school.
A school security guard reportedly saw the woman starting the fire and was able to extinguish it by dousing the flames with water.
He then called the police.
“She dumped a lot of gasoline around the yeshiva. You can still smell it,” a witness to the incident told the Daily News. “The Fire Department came and hosed it all down. I can’t believe it.”
The woman fled the area with a red gas can. Police were still searching for her as of late Thursday night.
No one was injured and the building was not damaged.
The suspect was caught committing the act on a security camera, according to the NYPD who have opened a hate crime investigation.
(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)