A 24-year-old Staten Island man has been arrested on charges of gang assault, assault and reckless endangerment as hate crimes in a chaotic May incident in Times Square that left a 55-year-old woman burned, police said Wednesday.
The suspect, Mohammed Othman, had been riding in the back of a pickup truck on West 47th Street around 6 p.m. on May 20 in Times Square, where a Palestinian-Israeli protest was unfolding at the time, when he allegedly flashed some sort of an explosive device. He then threw the device. It detonated and hurt the woman.
The woman was treated at a hospital and later released. No one else was hurt.
No further details on the device the suspect allegedly used during the protest were immediately available.
It also wasn't known if Othman had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.