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Brooklyn, NY - Hate Crime Charges Filed Against 11 Year Old In Crown Heights Bus Blaze

Published on: May 9, 2016 12:17 PM
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As many as five boys were on the parked bus when the boy lit the fire just after 6 p.m. on Sunday ( Photo: CrownHeights.info)As many as five boys were on the parked bus when the boy lit the fire just after 6 p.m. on Sunday ( Photo: CrownHeights.info)

Brooklyn, NY - An 11 year old is facing hate crime charges as the NYPD continues to investigate the torching of a school bus yesterday in Crown Heights.

The incident took place at the corner of Brooklyn and Lefferts Avenues in front of the Beth Rivkah elementary school in Crown Heights after a school bus driver left the door to his vehicle open. 

Surveillance video obtained by CrownHeights.info shows a group of approximately five juveniles boarding the bus holding empty cardboard boxes. 

Flames can be seen erupting less than a minute later, first in the center of the bus and then at the front of the bus, with all of the youths involved running off the bus as the fire began to take hold.  Two of the juveniles involved can be seen on the surveillance footage returning to the school bus and watching the flames burn before fleeing the scene.

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Police said that they received a 911 call about the bus fire at 6:04 PM and fire crews responding to the scene found the bus engulfed in flames, with smoke pouring out of the school bus’s windows.

An 11 year old boy was arrested in connection with the incident and charged with arson as a hate crime and criminal mischief as a hate crime.  Police said that they could give no further comment on the ongoing investigation.


Burnt Jewish books seen on the bus (CrownHeights.info)Burnt Jewish books seen on the bus (CrownHeights.info)

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 May 09, 2016 at 12:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Nu, so why did the driver leave the bus door open?

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 May 09, 2016 at 12:44 PM Anonymous Says:

If this gets any national press, it will reach the desk of Obama y"sh, who will talk about this as a reverse hate crime, that the arsonists are victims and will be pardoned. That is the corrupt liberal thinking that has consumed the White House and all the criminals in it.

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 May 09, 2016 at 02:32 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

they seem to look like Trayvon Martin (Obama's if I had a son) and to bat I think some of them are wearing hoodies. DA Thompson wont allow them to see jail he will have them visit a Holocaust museum and the African slavery exhibit and that's all. I

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 May 09, 2016 at 02:49 PM WolfishMusings Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

If this gets any national press, it will reach the desk of Obama y"sh, who will talk about this as a reverse hate crime, that the arsonists are victims and will be pardoned. That is the corrupt liberal thinking that has consumed the White House and all the criminals in it.

A. You're being ridiculous, of course. President Obama wouldn't want to touch this with a ten foot pole.

B. Even if he did want to, he couldn't pardon the kid anyway... the President can only pardon Federal crimes.

So, basically, instead of focusing on the actual story, you decided to just take a random potshot at President Obama for no reason at all.

The Wolf

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 May 09, 2016 at 03:10 PM sissel613 Says:

I agree that the bus driver was negligent that he left the bus unlocked and open and I also agree that these "children" need to be punished. However, the moniker you used to call these kids is inappropriate and disgusting. This is why these kids learn to hate us..because the "amcha" people think they are above and better than anyone else. Disgusting!!! They are still creations of Hashem Yisborach, like it or not. That all being said, I hope the "justice" department will throw the book at them.

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 May 09, 2016 at 03:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

If this gets any national press, it will reach the desk of Obama y"sh, who will talk about this as a reverse hate crime, that the arsonists are victims and will be pardoned. That is the corrupt liberal thinking that has consumed the White House and all the criminals in it.

Please provide the facts to support your absolutely ridiculous claim. You have spent too much time having your mind polluted by right wing hate radio. Let's see you come up with FACTS, not opinion.

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 May 09, 2016 at 03:40 PM bubby Says:

Bus drivers everywhere routinely leave the doors unlocked - no idea why. My grandson was riding his bike by the bus as the flames took hold. B"H nobody was hurt or worse, although it would have been justice if the animals who did this got a bit singed for their trouble.

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 May 09, 2016 at 03:57 PM CHANA1 Says:

Leaving the door open is NOT the issue here!!!

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 May 09, 2016 at 04:23 PM barbaabba Says:

#1 annd #3
No one should have their bus burnt as a hate crime just because they left the doors opened!
Jews in New York or anywhere in america for that matter should not be subjected to hate crimes regardless if their doors are opened or locked
and to #3 you are not any better than the people you are describing as "Monkeys" by using such word

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 May 09, 2016 at 04:23 PM yossi Says:

Lav Achbere Ganef elu Chire..if the driver would of locked properly the bus those children would of gone to some where else to cause arson.

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 May 09, 2016 at 05:21 PM Michel Says:

Sue the parents for the 20-30k the bus cost. Find the other four boys and include them too.

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 May 09, 2016 at 07:40 PM GenugShoin Says:

Reply to #11  
yossi Says:

Lav Achbere Ganef elu Chire..if the driver would of locked properly the bus those children would of gone to some where else to cause arson.

Since when is Arson Genaiva?

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 May 09, 2016 at 07:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Why was only one of the mamzerim arrested ?! And where do kids this age learn to hate?? From their parents!

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 May 09, 2016 at 08:05 PM pnimi Says:

You can't use the logic here of לאו עכברא גנב אלא חורא גנב, because a mice is supposed to steal whereas a human being isn't!

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 May 09, 2016 at 11:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

Why was only one of the mamzerim arrested ?! And where do kids this age learn to hate?? From their parents!

Relax the NYPD is on the tail of the other 6 or more.

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 May 10, 2016 at 02:13 AM blank space Says:

they ought to punish the parents for allowing a minor to behave in such a manner.

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 May 10, 2016 at 12:24 PM FinVeeNemtMenSeichel Says:

Just sayyin - the parents in questions might be fine people and the kids learned to hate elsewhere... stop making blind judgments against innocent until proven otherwise individuals.

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 May 10, 2016 at 02:35 PM awacs Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Nu, so why did the driver leave the bus door open?

I was the driver. No real way to close the door (if you want to open it again.)

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