A woman who was captured on video setting fire to a Pride flag outside a Manhattan restaurant has been declared mentally unfit to stand trial.
Angelina Cando, who is facing hate crime charges appeared briefly in court on Tuesday.
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Via ABC News:
New York City police arrested Cando, who they say is the person seen on video setting fire to a gay pride flag in front of a restaurant, in February.
Cando, a 30-year-old New York City resident, was charged with arson as a hate crime, criminal mischief as a hate crime and reckless endangerment as a hate crime, according to police.
Just after 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 20, surveillance video showed a white SUV pull in front of Little Prince, a restaurant in SoHo, the NYPD said.
Someone exited the front passenger side and ignited the flag, which read “Make America Gay Again.” The fire spread to the building, causing exterior damage, police said.
In a separate incident, Cando is accused of scratching the phrase “Jesus is King” on two NYPD cruisers parked outside a Manhattan precinct in lower Manhattan. That incident was captured on surveillance video as well.
That stunt earned her charges of making graffiti, criminal mischief and criminal possession of graffiti instruments, according to police.
Cando’s case has been adjourned until May 9 in order to give the district attorney’s office time to review the evaluations of her mental condition.
During a court appearance in February, Cando had a screaming fit yelling “It’s all fake! Let me free! He is King!”
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