NEWS BRIEF A Muslim woman’s clothing was set on fire while she walked down New York City’s Fifth Avenue, in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime.
The New York City Police Department released a video Tuesday of a man suspected of setting fire to the woman’s blouse as she was near a Valentino store Saturday night on the crowded Manhattan thoroughfare.
News reports cited unnamed police sources as saying the woman was wearing “traditional Muslim garb,” though it’s unclear if that means she wore a hijab, which covers the head, or an abaya, which covers everything but the face, or a burqa , which conceals the face, as well.
The woman, identified in news reports as a Scottish tourist and by the NYPD as 35 years old, told police she felt something warm on her left arm before she realized her blouse was on fire. After patting out the flame, she said she saw a man holding a lighter. The man then ran away without saying a word.
The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a statement following the incident, calling on city officials to address attacks against Muslims across the city and nationwide.