A woman was arrested after she was caught on video burning an LGBTQ Pride flag hanging outside a restaurant in lower Manhattan on Sunday.
Angelina Cando, 30, was arrested and charged with arson, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. Each charge was upgraded to a hate crime.
The rainbow flag, emblazoned with the phrase “Make America Gay Again,” hung outside a French restaurant called The Little Prince at the corner of Prince and MacDougal streets in SoHo.
On Sunday morning around 1.30am, a woman was caught on camera getting out of the passenger seat of a white SUV and lighting the flag with a lighter.
A restaurant worker noticed the fire a short time later and ran for help. The fire spread to the restaurant’s awning, which was extinguished by FDNY firefighters.
A few hours later that morning, New York City Councilman Erik Bottcher brought the restaurant a new flag and hung it in front of the SoHo restaurant’s blackened windows.
“This flag is five times the size of the original flag,” Bottcher said. “So the person who did this – his plan failed and failed badly.”
Just two days later, Cando was arrested and slapped with hate crime charges.
“Anyone who contemplates attacks against the LGBTQ community or any marginalized group should know that they will be held accountable,” Bottcher said after the arrest.
Detectives also believe she is responsible for vandalizing New York cruisers in Tribeca on the same night of the arson.
A woman was seen writing ‘Jesus is King’ in black ink on two police cars around 6.30 on Sunday night. Cando was charged with felonies and possession of graffiti tools for that incident.
Less than a month earlier, Cando was also arrested for assaulting a family member she lives with in Manhattan. He was arrested again for threatening a stranger in a pizzeria a few days later.
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