Molotov cocktail thrown at Brooklyn deli; Suspect arrested, charged

BROOKLYN, New York (WABC) – A suspect was arrested after throwing a Molotov cocktail at a delicatessen in Brooklyn and stabbing a man in the hand Saturday.

According to police, the incident happened just before noon. 8, when officers responded to a 911 call from an attack on a deli near Nostrand Avenue and Halsey Street.

They say a 38-year-old man allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail at the deli at 496 Nostrand Avenue, resulting in injuries and damage. They say he also stabbed a 23-year-old male victim in the hand.

Firefighters responded quickly and brought the fire under control and provided medical care to a person with non-life-threatening injuries.

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The suspect, identified as Brooklyn resident Joel Mangal, fled the scene on foot toward Fulton Street.

Police searching the area found the suspect and arrested him.

“Fortunately, there was no loss of human life here. The investigative work of the Explosives and Arson Task Force consisting of our fire marshals, the NYPD and the ATF, led to the timely arrest of this suspect, who threatened the safety of our community by using such a cruel and destructive device.” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro.

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Mangal has been arrested and faces a number of charges, including assault, attempted assault, arson, reckless danger, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief and threat.

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