A 35-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of setting fire to a car belonging to a man who refused to give her a cigarette. YnetNews reports that the incident occurred in the middle of the day at a gas station in Jerusalem, while the driver’s brother sat in the car. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
Security footage led to the apprehension and arrest of the suspect soon after the crime. She denied the accusation during questioning, saying she had been mistaken for someone else.
The owner of the vehicle told Ynet on Wednesday morning that he had seen the woman around his workplace, and that she occasionally asks people for money. “I told investigators that I pitied her a bit because it looked like she was in serious distress,” he said.
The woman’s mother said that her daughter was mentally unstable.
Her remand has been extended until next Sunday.