JP Updates reports:
Four additional juveniles were arrested Thursday evening in connection with setting ablaze the Orthodox Jewish school bus in Crown Heights Sunday night, the NYPD said.
The Youths are a 12-year-old and two 14-year-old males, all juveniles have been charged with Arson as a Hate Crime and Criminal Mischief as a Hate Crime. there arrests came after police arrested Thursday morning a second 11-year-old-old boy and he cooperated with detectives leading to the arrest of the three others, a NYPD official told JP.
At a unrelated press conference Thursday afternoon in NYPD headquarters NYPD chief of detectives Robert Boyce repeated that this incident was clearly a hate crime.
“We spoke with the Brooklyn DA. We were both in agreement this was basically motivated because it was a local religious school that was targeted” boyce said. the bus was parked in front of a religious school which everyone sees is jewish as well, boyce explained. so right now we are looking at it as a hate crime boyce told JP. Investigators are still looking for one additional suspect, police said.