Man broke in to university dorm in NYC, set fires as students slept, officials say

No one was injured after a man set three separate fires inside Yeshiva University's dorm in Manhattan. Officials said there was no indication it was a hate crime.

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
By Associated Press

A man broke into a dormitory at a Jewish university and set fires, using matches intended for lighting a Hanukkah menorah, the fire commissioner said.

Peter Weyand.FDNY

No one was injured by the fires early Friday at a Yeshiva University dorm in Manhattan. Fire department officials said there was no indication the episode was a hate crime.

茄枝视频Suspect Peter Weyand, 33, was awaiting arraignment Saturday after being arrested on arson and other charges. It was unclear whether he has a lawyer who can comment on the charges. No telephone number could immediately be found for his family.

at the dorm as students slept around 4 a.m. Friday. The blazes were quickly extinguished.

茄枝视频The fire department released surveillance video of a man kicking out part of a glass door to the lobby and then crawling through it, briefly picking up a front-desk phone and continuing into the building. The video doesn't show the fires.