The police have released surveillance footage apparently showing a suspect wanted for torching a Jewish art bus last weekend in Brooklyn. In the 30-second clip, uploaded on Twitter last night, the suspect walks down the street in a baseball cap while talking on his cell phone.
The NYPD just released surveillance video of the suspect wanted for torching a Jewish bus in crown heights - @ADL_NY@KolHaolampic.twitter.com/n1p0ChDhCj— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) June 29, 2017
The video does not show the man starting the fire, but the police have additional footage which shows what appears to be the same man standing near the bus as it goes up in flames, according to a source familiar with the case.
Over the weekend, a fire ripped through a colorful converted school bus parked near the intersection of Maple Street and Troy Ave., on the edge of Crown Heights. Local artist Lev Scheiber used the bus as both a studio and gallery for his paintings and the vehicle is a familiar sight at community festivals.
The bus also featured in a popular music video by Orthodox singer Benny Friedman celebrating Jewish pride.
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Video Shows Suspect Who Torched Jewish Art Bus