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Crown Heights bus fire: Boys wanted for questioning in alleged arson, NYPD says

Police released surveillance images of those they said

Police released surveillance images of those they said set fire to a school bus in Crown Heights, near the Hasidic Jewish school, Beth Rivkah. Police said five boys, ages 11 to 14, have been arrested. Photo Credit: NYPD

Police said Tuesday that  five boys are wanted for questioning after a school bus was set ablaze in front of a Hasidic school in  Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

The NYPD released images of the group a day after an 11-year-old boy was charged Monday with a hate crime in the alleged arson.

The bus parked on Brooklyn Avenue, between Lefferts and East New York avenues in front of  Beth Rivkah elementary school, was set ablaze about 6 p.m. Monday.

A witness watched the group throw cardboard boxes into the bus and then set them afire, police said. No one was injured.

Surveillance video of the incident, posted to, showed the flames start by the driver’s seat and spread toward the back of the bus.

The 11-year-old boy was charged as a juvenile with second-degree criminal mischief as a hate crime and fourth-degree arson as a hate crime.


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