Cops: Woman Set Car Afire After Being Denied Cigarette

At a gas station
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2015 2:49 PM CDT

A man who stopped for gas at a Jerusalem gas station yesterday saw his day go downhill in a flash when cops say a woman peeved that he didn't give her a cigarette set his car on fire, per Haaretz. Security footage shows the woman walking up to the guy as he fills his tank; she appears to say something to him, then momentarily walks away. But she's back in a couple of seconds—with a lighter, a police statement says, per the Independent—and as she holds her hand out to where the pump is connected to the car, the car ignites.

The man was able to yank the pump out of the tank before he fled, and gas station workers put out the fire, the newspaper notes. The man's brother, said to be in the car at the time, was also reportedly unharmed. Israeli police arrested the woman, though she's apparently denying all accusations, Haaretz notes. (Cops say a California man returned to the gas station he robbed to apologize.)

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