Police seek ‘person of interest’ in hunt for arsonist suspected of 7 fires in …

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Arsonist plagues Queens.

Cops say the person in the video was spotted walking east on 69th Road near 112 St. and the Grand Central Parkway on Sunday — just minutes before a house on 69th Road caught fire. Police are installing video surveillance cameras around homes undergoing renovations in Forest Hills and asking property owners to reorient any private cameras to give more street coverage as investigators press the hunt for a serial arsonist, officials said Tuesday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Somebody has been burning down new homes in a New York City neighborhood populated by Bukharian Jews, and police aren’t sure whether the victims are being targeted for their religion, their architectural taste, or for no reason at all.The New York Police Department is desperately searching for a “ninja” serial arsonist they suspect of setting fire to seven homes while taunting authorities with a coded riddle in Queens, New York. Over the past six weeks, an arsonist has torched six buildings in the same tight-knit section of the Forest Hills neighborhood in eastern Queens, police say.

According to DNAinfo.com, the fires began on November 8 and have continued ever since, and police have upped the reward to find their man in the hoodie. “The note included several rows consisting of multiple numbers on the left side, as well as a section listing letters in the alphabet, each matched with a number, on the right side,” according to DNAinfo.com. In addition, the reward leading to the arrest and capture of whoever set the fires was raised from $12,500 to $62,500 with the addition of funds contributed by the Bukharian community, said people who attended the closed-door meeting but didn’t want to be identified. A “Sudoku-loving detective” solved the puzzle, but the note led police to a dead end; they’ve since ruled out the person named on the note as a suspect. “Initially we looked at it as a lead …[but] don’t believe he is involved in the fire at all,” NYPD’s Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce at a press conference. “We believe it was set there by the perpetrator, but the individual identified in that encrypted code is not … We sat down, we talked to this person at great length. Addabbo said. “It’s a question of fear and right now people are very concerned in their own community about what’s next.” “The community stands together in making sure that we find this arsonist that is out there destroying not only people’s homes, but people’s live and people’s dreams,” Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said. While the property owners impacted have been Jewish and the NYPD hate crimes unit is investigating, police have not determined whether the arson fires are bias crimes or the work of a person or people unhappy with the ornate architectural style of the structures, Koslowitz said.

Police say they don’t have evidence suggesting that the arsons are hate crimes, but the fact that most of the victims have been Bukharian Jews, a group that fled persecution in Central Asia, has the neighborhood on edge. “I don’t know what to think,” said Rabbi Zalman Zvulonov, whose future home, still under construction, was torched early Monday morning — the second time it was targeted in three weeks. “There are only Jewish houses burning so that tells you something. Ruben Boruhkov, who came to New York in 1980 from Tajikistan and whose sister lives next door to a house that burned on Nov. 25, said the culprit must have a motive.

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