NYC: NYPD busts suspect in torching of cop cruiser

They got a hot tip.

Cops this week busted one of three men they say lit a cop car on fire in Brooklyn during George Floyd protests more than six months ago, authorities said Thursday morning. 

Matthew Piscitello, 21, of Dyker Heights, was identified through tips and taken into custody at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday in connection to the May 29 incident, in which cops say he tossed a flaming item into a police van in Fort Greene. 

Piscitello and two others allegedly used incendiary devices to send the marked, unoccupied police van up in flames at the corner of South Portland and Dekalb Avenues around 9 p.m., as a crowd stood around them, video released days after the incident shows. 

Piscitello was charged with three counts of criminal mischief, two counts each of arson and reckless endangerment, and one count of riot, police said.


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