Pride Flag Burning Suspect Apprehended in Harlem

by Sam Cronin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday July 10, 2019

Police in Harlem have arrested a man in connection with two Pride flag burnings in just over a month. The first incident occurred on May 31 at the Alibi Lounge in New York. No suspects were identified at the time, but video surveillance footage was released by police in an attempt to encourage people with information to step forward. The second incident occurred Monday at the same club, and now, police have arrested a suspect.

Surveillance footage also captured the second incident, which Police Chief Dermot F. Shea said helped lead to the suspect's arrest.

"Police say 20-year-old Tyresse Singleton was the man seen on video," according to WCBS Radio in New York. He was arrested late Tuesday and faces two counts of fourth-degree hate crime related criminal mischief and two counts of fifth-degree arson. No one was hurt in either incident.

Club owner Alexi Minko told AP: "I have to say that what I find odd was the timing of both events," Minko said. "One was at the beginning of Pride and one was right at the end. One has to wonder if there's a kind of message they're trying to send."

Apparently, since the first flag burning, police had been regularly surveilling the area to prevent repeat incidents, but it wasn't enough to stop the second fire Monday.

"Second time around, I'm really kind of in shock, I have to admit," Minko said.

Alibi Lounge Harlem, which bills itself as the "only black-owned gay lounge" in NYC, is still open for business.

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