Video: Man Throws a Molotov Cocktail into a Brooklyn Bodega

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The assailant outside 3901 Fort Hamilton Parkway.
The NYPD is searching for a man who lobbed a Molotov Cocktail into a 24-hour Brooklyn bodega early Wednesday morning, around: 1:55 a.m. According to police, the suspect had been in the store an hour earlier, and fought with the clerk, before returning to torch the place.

The clerk sustained minor injuries after his hair and jacket caught on fire during the blaze.

Police describe the suspect as male, Hispanic, in his thirties, between 5'8" to 5'10" -- and, as you can see from the video -- wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses.

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Dennis Guerra, NYPD Officer Lost in Coney Island High-Rise Fire, "Did Not Die in Vain"

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Fellow NYPD officers carry Dennis Guerra's casket into St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church
On Monday morning, members of the NYPD filed quietly into the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn. They were there to mourn one of their own: Dennis Guerra died five days earlier of severe smoke inhalation. He was 38 years old, a father of four, and the first New York police officer to lose his life in the line of duty in more than two years.

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Arson Damages Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, an Occupy Sandy Hub

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The church at 520 Clinton Avenue is used as a headquarters for Occupy Sandy operations.
In the early hours of Christmas Eve Day, flames tore through the front doors of St. Luke and St. Matthew, a Clinton Hill Episcopal church. The church has served as a distribution hub and operational headquarters for the Occupy Sandy relief operation for more than a month.

The FDNY responded with more than 100 fire fighters to the two-alarm fire, and were able to bring the blaze under control within an hour and a half, but not before it had damaged the doors, the roof of the entryway, and a pair of 19th-century chairs.

More disturbingly, the fire was likely started by arsonists. The NYPD is calling the blaze "suspicious," and is investigating. Church officials are being more specific. They say the fire was started after someone threw gasoline on the church doors and started the blaze. The gas had been left outside the church with other materials scheduled to be transported to the Rockaways as part of the hurricane recovery efforts.

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