Thursday, December 10, 2015
Police on Thursday released another surveillance video of an apparently armed suspect wanted in connection with a string of arson fires in Queens.
The alleged firebug is seen near the first incident in Forest Hills, which occurred about 7:20 p.m. Nov. 8 at 68-60 112th St.
The man, whose face is covered and is wearing gloves, appears to move a handgun from his left ankle to his front right pocket, cops said.
The latest video was released a day after another video showed a suspect walking down the same Forest Hills street where the latest arson occurred on Dec. 6 just moments before the blazed ignited.
It was the latest in a series of seven arsons dating back to Oct. 20.
Cops also were looking for a man seen wearing a light-colored hoodie in an earlier video creeping around a construction site targeted in the fourth fire.
Authorities have yet to confirm that all of the homeowners targeted by the arsonist are Bukharian Jewish, as community leaders have asserted.
All of the six sites have been homes under construction. One of the homes, belonging to a rabbi, was hit twice.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is involved in the probe but not taking the lead because there is no concrete evidence yet that this is a hate crime, officials said.
The arsons took place Oct. 20 on 113th Street, Nov. 8 on 112th Street, Nov. 10 at 67 Road, Nov. 15 on 69 Road, Nov. 17 on 66th Avenue, Nov. 25 on 67 Drive and Dec. 6 at 69 Road.