Cops Hunt NYC Firebomber

Sketch of frappuccino-drinking hate-crime suspect released
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2012 5:34 AM CST

Police in New York City say the suspect in four firebombings apparently hates Muslims and Hindus but loves Starbucks. A sketch of the man suspected of throwing Molotov cocktails at four targets—including a mosque, a home that doubles as a Hindu temple, and a deli—has been released and police are investigating the attacks as possible hate crimes. "No matter what the motivation was of the individual who threw Molotov cocktails in Queens last night, his actions stand in stark contrast to the New York City of today that we've built together," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

All the bombs were made using Starbucks frappuccino bottles and police believe the man began his rampage at a deli where workers caught him trying to swipe milk and a bottle of frappuccino earlier in the day, the New York Post reports. "You're gonna get it," he shouted at workers, who did not report the incident to police. Police are investigating whether a fifth attack on Long Island is connected. (Read more arson stories.)

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