Police: New Square man badly burned in fight
Ramapo police say a man suffered severe burns during a fight that stemmed from a religious dispute within the Hasidic Jewish village of New Square.
Investigators say the altercation happened early Sunday. They say the 43-year-old victim fought off a village resident who was brandishing an incendiary device.
Ramapo police say they arrested Shaul Spitzer, 18, and charged him with felony counts of first-degree attempted arson and first-degree assault.
The victim, whose identity was not released, was hospitalized. Spitzer was also hospitalized with burns on his arms and hands.
Police say the victim's family had been previously targeted because the victim prayed outside the main synagogue used by the community's grand rabbi.
AP wire services contributed to this report.