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Woman charged with hate crime in connection with NYC pride flag fire

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The woman caught on a restaurant’s security video surveillance system early Monday morning intentionally setting ablaze its LGBTQ+ Pride flag has been arrested and charged.

Angelina Cando, 30, was arrested Tuesday on charges of arson, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment, all with hate crimes enhancements a spokesperson for the New York Police Department said Wednesday.

A local building superintendent who knew the suspect told the Daily News she had a history of homophobic run-ins. Love Texidor, the superintendent in a building on Mott Street, a half-mile from the restaurant where the arson occurred, added that Cando lived there with an apparent boyfriend. “She wasn’t a tenant, just the crazy girlfriend of a tenant,” Texidor said.

In a video tweeted by Out New York City Councilman Erik Bottcher, (D-Dist.3) and also released by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) a raven/red haired female is seen getting out of the passenger side of a white SUV.

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