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Brooklyn woman, 89, slapped and nearly set on fire by two strangers: police


An 89-year-old woman was slapped and nearly set on fire by two strangers just steps away from her Brooklyn home in an apparent unprovoked attack, police said Friday.

The elderly woman was walking toward the corner of 16th Ave. and 77th St. in Bensonhurst around 6:45 p.m. on July 14 when two young men wearing surgical masks, their heads covered with shirts and a hat, stormed up to her.

One of the men slapped the victim in the face. As she tried to get away from the duo, one of the suspects lit a match or a lighter under her shirt, trying to set her clothing on fire, before they ran off, cops said.

The suspects were last seen running down 16th Ave. The victim was bruised in the clash, but not seriously injured, police said.

Cops on Friday released surveillance images of the two suspects.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.