NY attacks: police offers reward to trace suspect
Posted on: 12:11 AM IST Jan 04, 2012
New York: New York police has offered a reward of up to $12,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in the weekend firebomb attacks on four sites including a Hindu temple and an Islamic centre in New York.
Police is also questioning a "person of interest" in connection with the attacks on Sunday night. New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said so far it is believed that the suspect was thrown out of a store last month for trying to steal Starbucks bottles.
The police had offered up to $12000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
The suspect had hurled molotov cocktails using Starbucks bottles at the prominent Islamic centre Al-Khoei Foundation, a house of a Hindu priest which was also used as a temple, a convenience store and another home late Sunday.
A fifth attack at a home of Hindu immigrants from Guyana in Elmont is also being investigated as possible hate crimes.
The police has released a sketch and a surveillance video of the suspect throwing a homemade firebomb at a house in Queens.
He is described as a 5 feet 8 inches tall black man, weighing approximately 200 lbs and wearing a black jacket and a baseball cap.
Islamic leaders plan to meet Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss the firebombing.