With over $52,000 in reward money offered, the hunt for the arsonist responsible for seven fires in Forest Hills continues. The police released a new video of the suspect, showing him at the scene of the first fire—and it appears he is armed with a gun.

The NYPD says this footage is from "the general vicinity of Incident #1 on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at approximately 1920 hours at 112 Street and 68 Drive. In the video the suspect has his face covered and he is wearing gloves. It also appears that the suspect removes a firearm from his left ankle and then transfers the gun to his front right pocket."


Forest Hills Arson Suspect on November 8, 2015by Gothamist

Here is the NYPD's list of incidents (it's not chronological, but the police order; #6 and #7 were added recently):

Incident #1 - At approximately 1930 hours on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 68-60 112 Street.
Incident #2 - At approximately 2210 hours on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 112-35 69 Road.
Incident #3 - At approximately 1830 hours on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 108-43 66 Avenue.
Incident #4 - At approximately 2312 hours on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 108-43 67 Drive.
Incident #5 - At approximately 0018 hours on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 112-35 69 Road.
Incident #6 - At approximately 2227 hours on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 70-35 113 Street.
Incident #7 - At approximately 2000 hours on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 108-13 67 Road.

Many of the fires have been targeting empty, under construction or renovation homes in a part of the Queens neighborhood where many Bukharan Jews reside. Some residents worry that the authorities aren't taking it seriously enough, but Fire Commssioner Daniel Nigro said, “We have a task force working together. We believe it is one person. We believe we will find him soon."

Here's footage of the Bukharan community meeting with the NYPD. Officials say it does not appear to be a hate crime at this point, though other evidence could later lead to that:

JPUpdates reports, "Sources say investigators are eyeing the motive as jealousy or a fight issue, but asked not to disclose too much information as the investigation is ongoing. It might very well be some one from the neighborhood, the sources added."

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.