Wednesday, November 16, 2011

NYPD: OWS Man Threatened to 'Burn' NYC

The NYPD arrested an Occupy Wall Street protester on Wednesday and is investigating him for allegedly threatening to firebomb Macy's, the New York Stock Exchange, and other targets.

The suspect, Nkrumah Tinsley, is familiar to cops: In October he was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer in connection with the ongoing protests.

A video posted on YouTube shows a man -- allegedly Tinsley -- saying "we going to burn New York City to the [expletive] ground" on Nov. 17. They got guns, we got bottles," the man says on the video. "In a few days they're going to see what a Molotov cocktail can do to Macy's."

Fire marshals saw the video and launched a joint investigation with police because of how specific the rant was.

"There was specificity as to the date, location and method of firebombing," Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said in a statement. "That level of specificity and that level of anger raised concern for both us and the Fire Department. This is an individual we are concerned about and we wanted to make sure we apprehended him before tomorrow."

Authorities charged Tinsley with making a terroristic threat, police said. He was being held at the 7th Precinct Wednesday night.

Tinsley was among more than a dozen protesters arrested for disorderly conduct on Oct. 26 on Barclay Street between Broadway and Church Street, the NYPD said. He is accused of punching an officer in the face and kicking the cop to the ground during that clash with cops, police said.

Occupy Wall Street protesters have vowed to carry out massive rallies and protests around the city on Thursday, including a march on Wall Street.

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