BROOKLYN, NY — (04-05-22) — Police are searching for a disturbed man who poured gasoline on the floor of a Brooklyn gay bar and then set it alight, causing an explosion that singed two club employees and displaced tenants from apartments above the venue, said authorities and witnesses on scene.

The night had barely begun at the popular Rash Bar located at 941 Willoughby Ave. in Bushwick at 9:30 p.m. last Sunday, when “A man in a blue surgical mask, black hoodie and black jeans and shoes was confronted for pouring a clear liquid on the floor”, said co-owner Jake Sillen.

The male domestic terrorist said to one of the club’s employees that he was cleaning the floor, but when security approached him, he lit the fuel causing a mini-explosion that filled the barroom.

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The idiotic portion of this story is that the domestic terrorist had to run through the flames to escape from the bar, one of the bouncers told Sillen.

Two Rash Bar employees remain hospitalized from the fire.

“We don’t want to jump to any conclusions,” said Rash Bar Owner Sillen. “But we’re also definitely considering the fact you know, in the last year there’s been like a pretty sharp rise in violence within queer nightlife, and so we’re definitely feeling that loss right now.” said Sillen.

Investigators are looking at security video from a nearby gas station of a man fitting the suspect’s description filling a red gas can before the blaze.

Anyone with information on this case are asked to contact the New York City Police Department 83rd Precinct at (718) 574-1605 or Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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