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Suspect Indicted for Setting Fire to LGBTQ+ Spaces in Manhattan

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A man has been indicted over a series of anti-LGBTQ+ arsons across Manhattan in August 2021.Alex Blodgett has been charged with several counts of felony arson, according to a news release by the Manhattan district attorney.

Those charges have also been enhanced with hate crime charges.“Hate has no place here in Manhattan and New Yorkers of all backgrounds deserve to feel safe.

As alleged, this individual left a wake of physical destruction but also made an entire community unsafe because he targeted LGBTQIA+ establishments,” said district attorney Alvin Bragg. “We will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute these types of unacceptable bias incidents.”Blodgett allegedly tied a rag to the front door of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in Greenwich Village and set it alight with a lighter shortly after 1:00 a.m.

on August 26, 2021. He is also accused of setting fire to a large potted plant and a trash can in front of the nonprofit LGBTQ+ group.The district attorney’s office said that Blodgett then went to the Hell’s Kitchen gay bar the Atlas Social Club and threw rocks in the front windows.Blodgett then allegedly made his way to several restaurants in the area.

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