The NYPD is seeking hotelier and borderline celebrity Vikram Chatwal for allegedly lighting two dogs on fire in front of his SoHo home. Police say Chatwal, 44, used an aerosol can and a lighter to set the animals aflame at roughly 1:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon at 21 Wooster Street. ABC reports that Chatway had been yelling at a dog walker before attacking the two dogs, both of which suffered burn injuries.
In video footage obtained by TMZ, Chatwal can be seen apologizing to multiple people caring for two singed dogs. Chatwal also bizarrely invites them into his apartment to show off his "water collection."
The celebrity gossip site reports that Chatwal was not found at his home after police arrived on the scene Friday. The hospitality magnate founded The Dream, Night, and Time hotels, and was arrested for drug possession in 2013 at Florida's Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport.
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Anyone with information about Chatwal's current whereabouts is asked to contact NYPD Detective Dennis Steele at 646-610-7272 or Detective Borough Manhattan South at 212-477-7447.