New York: Muslim Tries To Set Gas Station On Fire, Police Can't Find Motive

From SILive:
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Brooklyn man accused of trying to set a Bulls Head gas station ablaze last week was indicted Wednesday in his hospital bed on attempted arson and other charges.

Fakrol Islam, 26, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, said his lawyer Yan Katsnelson.

“My office is doing a full investigation into the events of the case and my client’s psychiatric history,” said Katsnelson, who did not comment further.

Police said Islam was caught on surveillance video starting the fire at the 7-Eleven on Victory Boulevard near the intersection of Richmond Avenue around 1:50 a.m. on July 30.

The footage, from two cameras, shows a man attired in a white long-sleeve shirt and dark shorts exiting a minivan that had just pulled up to a gas pump. The man leaves the frame, then returns carrying a red cannister.

He pours gasoline into the receptacle, douses the ground, lights a white piece of cloth or paper, and sets it on the gasoline puddles.

The ground erupts into flames, sending the man stumbling backward. Both shoes or sandals the man is wearing ignite, and he kicks them off, the footage shows.

He then fled the scene, said police.

Police could not provide a motive, but said Islam went into the store to buy the canister….

Islam remains hospitalized.

He was ordered to appear in court on Aug. 17 for a conference.

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