Attacker wanted for tossing Molotov cocktail at Yeshiva students: NYPD

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MIDTOWN – Police released surveillance video Tuesday showing a man they suspect threw a Molotov cocktail at a group of Yeshiva students in Manhattan.

NYPD said the perpetrator approached the group as they stood in front of 356 West 37 St. just after 1:30 p.m. Friday and tossed a glass bottle containing flammable liquid and a burning rag in their direction. The bottle shattered and started a fire, police said.

Police say this man tossed a Molotov cocktail at a group of men standing outside 356 West 37 St. early Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (Photo: NYPD)

Police say this man tossed a Molotov cocktail at a group of men standing outside 356 West 37 St. early Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (Photo: NYPD)

The culprit ran away from the scene, heading south on Ninth Avenue. No one was hurt in the attack, police said.

The suspected attacker is described as about 5 feet 9 inches tall and was last wearing a backpack, police said.

An investigation is underway.

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