Video: Man set fire to Parkchester mosque on same day of Jersey City shooting

Members of a Parkchester mosque are in shock after a man was caught on camera setting a fire outside the house of worship Tuesday night.

News 12 Staff

Dec 12, 2019, 12:03 AM

Updated 1,586 days ago

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Members of a Parkchester mosque are in shock after a man was caught on camera setting a fire outside the house of worship Tuesday night.
That suspect is still on the loose. The incident took place at the Bangla Bazar Jame Masjid mosque after morning prayer, the most sacred part of their day.
Security video shows a man taking a garbage can that's located outside the mosque and then using what appears to be a lighter to set the container on fire.
In the video, the suspect is seen partially removing the banner and placing it onto the burning garbage. Members believe he did this so that the fire could spread to the porch.
Mohammad Abu, a member of the mosque, spotted the flames and put them out before they could spread. "I asked him why did you set this fire? He didn't say anything, he just walked off," said Abu.
Police are investigating the incident. As of now, the NYPD is treating the incident as criminal mischief.
In light of Jersey City's deadly shooting at a Jewish supermarket, Mayor Bill de Blasio told New Yorkers that no act of hate will be tolerated.
Meanwhile, police believe that the suspect, in this case, lives in the community.


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