NYPD Releases New Video of Suspect in Series of Queens Arsons

NEW YORK (AP) -
The remains of a construction site destroyed by arson is seen in the Forest Hills section of Queens in New York, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Over the past six weeks, an arsonist has torched six buildings in the same tight-knit section of eastern Queens, police say. Police aren't sure whether the victims are being targeted for their religion, their architectural taste, or for no reason at all. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The remains of a construction site destroyed by arson is seen in the Forest Hills section of Queens in New York, Monday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The NYPD has released a new surveillance video of a suspect taken at the first of a series of arsons in a Jewish enclave of Queens.

The home video shows the suspect with his head covered and wearing gloves. Police say it appears the suspect is removing a firearm from his left ankle and then transferring it to a front pocket.

Investigators say they believe the same culprit has set seven fires in six weeks in a neighborhood populated by Bukharian Jews.

Police have no evidence suggesting the arsons are hate crime. No one has been injured.

Police say the new video was taken in the vicinity of the first arson on Nov. 8 in the Forest Hills neighborhood.

There’s $62,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest.