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The woman who allegedly set a Pride flag ablaze outside a Manhattan restaurant caused a scene in court last Thursday.
Angelina Cando yelled things such as “False accusations!” and “It’s all fake!… Let me free! He is King!” interrupting proceedings, and was sent out of the courtroom to compose herself, after ranting about her mother and stepfather, reports the New York Post.
“They’re lying!” she yelled as she was led away.
The flag Cando allegedly set on fire was outside of Little Prince restaurant. An employee inside was able to escape unharmed. The resulting blaze required 60 firefighters and 12 units to fight, according to the outlet.
Footage from the video shows that shortly after 1:30 a.m., a woman fitting Cando's description hops out of a white SUV, then holds a lighter to the Pride flag until it’s clearly on fire. The woman then jumps back via the passenger side into the vehicle, which then drives away.
Police have charged Candor with arson, criminal mischief, as well as reckless endangerment. All of them have been designated hate crimes charges.
She also has additional charges for multiple counts of graffiti, having written “Jesus” on a subway platform, as well as “Jesus is King” on two police cars, according to the outlet.
Cando was arrested on January 30 for an incident with an older relative in her home, after she “threw a plate and a glass at him and struck him with a guitar,” the Post reports. In that incident, she was charged with assault, criminal mischief, and criminal obstruction of breathing.
Only a few days later, on February 2, she would again be arrested, this time for “threatening a man with a knife in a pizzeria on Stanton St. on the Lower East Side.” A temporary order of protection was issued.
Cando’s attorney suggested that given she had no previous history before this month, perhaps she was in the midst of having “some kind of psychotic breakdown,” according to the Post.
The judge at the hearing ordered Cando to be remanded to custody as well as undergo a mental evaluation to see if she would be fit to stand trial.
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