CCTV Of Scots Tourist Attacker Suspect

15 September 2016, 14:31

Police in the US have released additional CCTV images of a man they are searching for after a Scottish Muslim woman's clothes were set on fire while she was shopping in New York.

The incident happened on Saturday September 10 at about 9pm in front of the Valentino shop on Fifth Avenue.

New York Police Department (NYPD) have released fresh images of the man leaving the scene and are asking for the public's assistance to identify him.

The woman, 35, from Glasgow, felt something warm on her arm and noticed her blouse was on fire.

She managed to pat down the fire and saw an unknown man holding a lighter next to her, who then made off on foot.

The woman is understood to be unharmed after refusing medical attention at the scene.

Police were treating the incident as a possible hate crime, with an NYPD hate crime taskforce investigation ongoing.

The fresh images show a black man wearing a black hat, black tank top, black trousers and black shoes walking in the street.

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: ''This must have been a very frightening incident.

''The Scottish Government condemns all hate crime and hopes anyone with information about this assault contacts the NYPD.''

 

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