Man sets backpack on fire on steps of Brooklyn Jewish center: police

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PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn — Police are searching for a man accused of setting a backpack on fire on the steps of a Brooklyn Jewish center during Yom Kippur. 

Police are looking for a man (pictured) accused of setting a backpack on fire on the steps of a Brooklyn Jewish Center Oct. 9, 2019.

The man was standing in front of the Park Slope Jewish Center on Eighth Avenue when he intentionally set the contents of a backpack on fire and fled the scene just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

The fire was extinguished, and no injuries were reported, police said.

Surveillance video obtained by police shows the suspect holding onto the bag.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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