Boy, 11, accused of hate crime in Crown Heights school bus fire; 5 others sought

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CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — An 11-year-old boy has been charged with a hate crime and five others are being sought after video was released showing several males filling a school bus with cardboard and setting it ablaze in Crown Heights, the NYPD said Tuesday.

Video released by police shows multiple males in or near the school bus, parked in front of 509 Brooklyn Ave. around 6:04 p.m. Sunday, as flames become visible inside.

No one was injured as a result of the fire, but the bus was damaged.

The arrest of an 11-year-old boy was announced Monday, and the following day the NYPD said he had been accused of criminal mischief in the second degree as a hate crime and arson in the fourth degree as a hate crime.

Police did not provide additional information on the hate crime allegations, or which school the bus belonged to.

The incident occurred near Beth Rivkah Elementary School, Google Maps shows.

Five black males seen in surveillance footage are being sought by the NYPD for questioning in connection to the incident.

One was last seen wearing a light-colored, long-sleeve shirt with dark pants and white shoes; the second wore a black T-shirt, black pants and dark shoes; the third was wearing a black jacket, dark pants and black shoes; the fourth was in a multi-colored T-shirt, dark pants and black shoes; and the fifth wore a dark jacket with a white shirt underneath, light-colored shorts, red socks and white shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).