NEW YORK – A woman wearing traditional Muslim clothing has told police that a man lit her blouse on fire in New York City.
Police say the 35-year-old tourist told them she felt heat on her arm Saturday night in midtown Manhattan and noticed her blouse was on fire. She said she patted out the fire and noticed a man standing nearby holding a lighter. She said the man then walked away.
The New York Police Department hate crimes task force is investigating it as a possible bias crime.
There have been no arrests.
Police say a New York City woman was arrested Thursday after she assaulted two Muslim women pushing their children in strollers in Brooklyn. Prosecutors have described the attack as a hate crime.