A suspect is in custody in the death of an year-old man who was stabbed, doused with liquid and set on fire in a Bronx apartment building Wednesday afternoon, police said. The teen was in an argument with his assailant before the assault shortly after 3 p. The suspect stabbed the teen three times, once in the chest and twice in the back, before using the accelerant and setting him ablaze. He suffered burns on about 90 percent of his body, police said. The victim was later identified as Winston Ortiz. A senior NYPD official with direct knowledge of the case said that neighbors heard screaming, and thought the building was on fire before they went out into the hall to witness the gruesome scene.
Sources: Teen suspects in deadly arson set wrong house on fire
Police: Biracial woman set on fire while waiting at Madison stoplight
The police department in Madison, Wisconsin, and federal prosecutors said they were closing a monthslong investigation due to lack of evidence into an alleged hate crime against a biracial woman who said she was set on fire by a group of white men. The Madison Police Department began investigating after Althea Bernstein, 18, told police in June that four white men yelled a racial slur at her through her rolled-down car window while she was stopped at a traffic light around 1 a. She said one of the men then used a spray bottle to douse her with a liquid and threw a flaming lighter at her, according to a police department incident report. Bernstein said the liquid ignited, burning parts of her face and neck. The U. Madison Acting Police Chief Vic Wahl also issued a statement saying that "detectives were unable to corroborate or locate evidence consistent with what was reported. A spokesman for the Bernstein family told NBC News in June that the teen was driving to a friend's house when the men started yelling the N-word and then set her on fire.
Case of biracial woman saying she was set on fire by white men closed for lack of evidence
CNN -- Five juveniles were in custody Tuesday after a year-old was intentionally set on fire at a Deerfield Beach, Florida, apartment complex, police said. Michael Brewer suffered second-degree burns over 80 percent of his body. Three juveniles were arrested Monday night, hours after the incident, and two others were arrested Tuesday, sheriff's Sgt.
ADL's Oren Segal says hate crimes are designed to strike fear into the broader community, not just the individual attacked. And with social media, extremists can "pile on" after the fact, too. When she looked up, she said she saw four white men, one of whom then used a spray bottle to douse her face and neck with an unidentified liquid, and then threw a "flaming lighter" at her, which caused the liquid on her skin to catch fire, the report states. Bernstein put out the fire and made her way back home, where her mother suggested that she go to the hospital, according to CBS News.