EXCLUSIVE: Cops hunt man who set fire to Muslim woman in NYC

The NYPD released surveillance video Tuesday showing the cruel suspect who they believe set fire to a 35-year-old Scottish tourist wearing traditional Muslim garb in Midtown.

The victim was window-shopping outside a pricey Fifth Ave. boutique Saturday around 9 p.m. when she noticed the sleeve of her blouse was smoldering, police said.

As the stunned woman patted out the flames, she saw the suspect standing next to her with a lighter in his hand, police said.

The sicko then casually sauntered off down E. 54th St.

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The video shows the suspect — whose race is unclear — wearing a backward baseball cap, a black tank top, black pants and black and white shoes and swinging his arms as he walks along a sidewalk with a group of people.

The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is investigating to see if the firebrand was motivated by bias toward Muslims.

The suspect in Saturday's lighter assault was last seen walking along E. 54th St. in Midtown. 


The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced a $1,000 reward Tuesday for information leading to an arrest in the disgusting assault.

The group noted the bizarre Fifth Ave. attack follows a disturbing spike in anti-Muslim discrimination and hate crimes in recent months.

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“It is important that the perpetrators of these crimes be apprehended and their motives be established,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “The spike in incidents targeting American Muslims and their institutions is the inevitable result of the ongoing mainstreaming of Islamophobia we are witnessing in our society.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s crime Stoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS.