New York Pride flag arson suspect is caught

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Police have arrested a man suspected of setting fire to Pride flags on two separate occasions outside one of the gay bars in New York. The suspect is a 20-year-old male who lives in Manhattan. He has been charged with two counts of criminal mischief as a hate crime and two counts of arson, occurring on May 31 and July 8. The rainbow flags were found burning at the entrance of Alibi Lounge nightclub in Harlem, New York. The club’s owner, Alexi Minko, claims to be in shock. One incident took place at the very beginning of Pride, the other one – at the end, and the club owner does not view it as a coincidence. On both occasions the suspect was caught on CCTV. The incidents attracted considerable media coverage, and New York governor Andrew Cuomo assigned a task force to investigate. The NYPD released the CCTV footage to the public in hopes that it would encourage witnesses to come forward. They announced the arrest of a 20-year-old man came last week. It brings a sense of resolution and serves as a cautionary tale to anyone thinking of doing something similar not only to us, but to anyone who thinks of targeting anyone else for reasons of gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity,” Minko told The Daily Beast.

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