Suspect Arrested in Molotov Cocktail Attack on Brooklyn Deli

NEW YORK -
Suspect Joel Mangal. (New York City Fire Department)

Police arrested Joel Mangal, 38, on suspicion of an arson attack in Brooklyn.

On Saturday, Magal is alleged to have hurled an improvised explosive at a Brooklyn deli located at 496 Nostrand Avenue. Video from outside showed a man leaning into the door of the deli and hurling a Molotov cocktail inside. When he tried to throw a second one, a witness lunged for the explosive, and swatted it out of the his hand. The explosive fell to the ground in a burst of flames as everyone on the sidewalk ran away.

Inside the store, the deli case and several shelves of goods were on fire, according to footage from inside the store.

Two deli workers fled the store with one suffering non-life threatening injuries, according to the New York Post.

Police are investigating potential motives behind the attack.

Mangal was arrested by FDNY Fire Marshals and has been charged with arson, assault, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief.