Firebombing in Elmont May Be Related to Attacks in Queens


A Molotov cocktail thrown at a home in Elmont on Sunday night may have been related to a spate of similar attacks on the same night in Queens, according to the Nassau County Police Department.

Two of the targets in Queens were places of worship—an Islamic center and a small Hindu temple—and the attacks are being investigated as hate crimes.

The New York Times reports:

One attack occurred at an Islamic center where about 100 people were worshiping, and another at a bodega owned by a Muslim immigrant from Yemen. At the fourth site, a house on 107th Avenue, the residents said that they were Christians and that they were baffled by the attack.

In a fifth episode on Sunday night, a bottle containing flammable liquid was thrown onto the porch of a house in Elmont, just across the Nassau County border. The case had “some characteristics” of the pattern in Queens, a spokesman for the Nassau County police said.

No arrests have been made, but New York City police are pursuing a suspect:

The police released a sketch of a suspect and described him as a black man 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds and wearing a black jacket and a baseball cap. He was seen driving a light-color sedan.

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