Yeshiva of Flatbush Arson Suspect Arrested

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea (C) with other police officials and community leaders outside Yeshiva of Flatbush on Sunday.

The emotionally disturbed woman suspected of setting a fire outside Yeshiva of Flatbush on Thursday evening has been arrested, Commissioner Dermot Shea announced Sunday, during a visit to the yeshiva.

The arsonist had poured a flammable liquid on the sidewalk near the school building on Avenue J at East 17th Street on Thursday evening and set it aflame. A security guard quickly doused the flames and called the police. The suspect, Sharee Jones, 39, of Flatbush, had recently been seen on video walking with a megaphone on Flatbush Avenue, shouting threats against Jews.

Jones was taken into custody Sunday morning, hospitalized and underwent a psychiatric evaluation, before being charged with reckless endangerment as a hate crime and fifth-degree arson.

Commissioner Shea visited the yeshiva on Sunday afternoon — a visit he said was scheduled prior to the woman’s being detained Sunday morning — along and other NYPD officials including Chief Michael Kemper of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South; Inspector David Wall, commanding officer of the 70th precinct; and Deputy Inspector Richie Taylor of Community Affairs. After the visit to the yeshiva, the police officials walked with community leaders down Avenue J, and ate lunch at Pizza Time.

Photos by Reuvain Borchardt/Hamodia

Meeting with Yeshiva of Flatbush officials.



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