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Southeast Queens: Police have person of interest in firebombings

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Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 1:37 pm | Updated: 2:31 am, Thu Oct 11, 2012.

Police are interviewing a person of interest in connection with five firebombing attacks that took place Sunday between 8 and 10:15 p.m. — four in Queens and one in Elmont, LI. No one was injured and the incidents are being investigated as hate crimes.

Someone threw Molotov cocktails at homes, a bodega, a Hindu temple and a mosque, according to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who spoke at a press conference today at the Imam Al-Khoei Islamic Center in Jamaica, where two of the bombs were flung.

One of the witnesses at the bodega, where the first attack occurred, said the assailant had been thrown out of the establishment on Dec. 27 when he tried to steal a container of milk and a bottle of Starbucks frappacino.

“When he was escorted out of the store he said words to the effect of ‘We’re going to get even. We are going to get back at you,’” Kelly said.

In four of the five attacks, bottles of Starbucks frappacino were used to make the bombs.

Kelly said the person in custody, was apprehended at 8 a.m. this morning and was identified by his car. It has Virginia plates and was parked near the store at the time of the attempted theft, the witness told police.

Kelly said the suspect is from the Jamaica area, but would not elaborate on what motivated the crimes.


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