A woman was set on fire by a stranger on a Midtown street, according to police, and a published report says she was wearing traditional Muslim clothing at the time, prompting an investigation into whether it was a hate crime.
The 35-year-old woman was window-shopping on Fifth Avenue near East 54th Street Saturday night when she suddenly felt heat on her arm and noticed her blouse was on fire, police said.
She noticed a man standing next to her with a lighter in his hand, according to police. He ran away eastbound on East 54th Street, not saying a word.
The victim was able to quickly put out the flames and wasn’t hurt, according to The Daily News.
The Daily News reports the woman was wearing traditional Muslim garb and that the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force was looking into whether the act was motivated by bias.
H/T The Daily News