Video Shows Moment Woman Drenches New York Yeshiva With Gasoline, Lights On Fire

A video, which was posted to Twitter by the New York Police Department's (NYPD) Crime Stoppers account, shows a woman walking past the front of a Brooklyn yeshiva with a red gasoline canister and pouring the gasoline on the ground. She then sets it on fire.

A spokesperson for the NYPD told Newsweek that the incident occurred on Thursday night at around 7:27 local time outside of the Yeshiva of Flatbush, 1609 Avenue J. NYPD officers received reports of criminal mischief (arson), the spokesperson said.

When officers arrived on scene, they "determined that an unidentified female poured gasoline in front of the Yeshiva and lit it on fire," the spokesperson said.

After setting the gasoline on fire, the woman fled the scene on foot, traveling in an "unknown direction," police said.

WANTED for AN Arson in front of 1609 Avenue J (Yeshiva of Flatbush) . #Brooklyn @NYPD70pct on 10/14/21 @ 7:27 PM an unidentified female poured gasoline in front of the Yeshiva and lit it on fire Reward up to $3500Seen them? Call 1-800-577-TIPS  Calls are CONFIDENTIAL! pic.twitter.com/xiqmmnajgy

— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) October 15, 2021

No injuries were reported and a security guard at the yeshiva was able to extinguish the flames shortly after they were ignited. The spokesperson said the NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force is investigating.

According to the NYPD, the woman was described as an adult female, approximately 5-foot-4, with an average build and dark hair. The spokesperson said she was last seen "wearing all dark-colored clothing, black shoes and carrying a red gasoline canister."

The NYPD Hate Crimes Twitter account also tweeted a picture of the woman, writing: "The Hate Crime Task Force would like to speak with the below pictured individual. If you know her identity and/or whereabouts, please DM us or @NYPDTips or call them at 1-800-577-TIPS."

The Hate Crime Task Force would like to speak with the below pictured individual. If you know her identity and/or whereabouts, please DM us or @NYPDTips or call them at 1-800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/pil9864qNg

— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) October 15, 2021

Shortly after the video was posted on social media, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Kathy Hochul issued responses.

"Last night, an unidentified individual poured gasoline in front of the Yeshiva of Flatbush & ignited it. Thankfully, there were no injuries. @nyspolice Hate Crimes Task Force is ready to assist as necessary in the investigation," Hochul wrote in a tweet. "These cowardly acts of hate have no home here."

Last night, an unidentified individual poured gasoline in front of the Yeshiva of Flatbush & ignited it.  Thankfully, there were no injuries.@nyspolice Hate Crimes Task Force is ready to assist as necessary in the investigation. These cowardly acts of hate have no home here.

— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) October 15, 2021

Similarly, de Blasio wrote in a tweet: "An attack on one of our yeshivas is an attack on all New Yorkers, and we WILL bring this person to justice.

"If you have any information on who perpetrated this vile act against our Jewish brothers and sisters, please contact the NYPD."

An attack on one of our yeshivas is an attack on all New Yorkers, and we WILL bring this person to justice.

If you have any information on who perpetrated this vile act against our Jewish brothers and sisters, please contact the NYPD. https://t.co/fpPBhDXZhP

— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) October 15, 2021
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The NYPD is investigating a possible hate crime after a woman was caught on camera pouring gasoline near a New York yeshiva and lighting it on fire. Bryan R. Smith/Getty