Shop Lifter Tries to Set Guard on Fire 

Tried to Torch Guard with Hair Spray 


By Dan Gesslein


NEW YORK– A hair raising attack in the Bronx almost ended in tragedy as a shop lifter tried to set a security guard on fire. 


Police identified the suspect, they say, tried to light a can of hair spray to act as a blow torch to set a security guard on fire inside a busy clothing store on a packed commercial street.


The bizare incident started at around 6 pm on April 28, when the suspect tried to leave Hot Point Clothing Boutique, located at 340 East Fordham Road. Apparently the woman had triggered the security alarm indicating that she had an item with an electronic tag.  

When the woman refused to stop, the store’s security guard tried to stop her. The two scuffled and the woman managed to break free and flee along Fordham Road.  


Then things took a turn for the truly bizarre. Cops say the woman returned to the store and sprayed the guard in the face with an aerosol can of hair spray. She then allegedly tried to burn the man’s face as she attempted to light a stream of the hair spray on fire. 


The guard got away unharmed and the would be arsonist fled without further incident in an unknown direction. 



During the course of the investigation police identified Charae Morgan, 27, as the prime suspect. They released a photo of the suspect.


Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).


The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.


All calls are strictly confidential.

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