A New York City protester identifying himself as “Ace Burns” was taken into custody Saturday after he said during a live interview on Fox News that he planned to set fire to Manhattan’s Diamond District.
The man was stopped for an on-camera interview outside the Barclays Center Saturday as demonstrations kicked off over the killing of George Floyd.
“Gasoline, thanks to Trump, is awfully cheap,” he told Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich.
“Today, you’re giving a demonstration from Barclay’s Center at 6 p.m. to City Hall, and voluntarily the first stop – and hoping [Mayor] De Blasio and [Gov.] Cuomo comes out and talks to us and gives the youth some direction, ”he told the reporter.
“But if they don’t, then [the] Next stop is the Diamond District, ”he said, referring to a block on Manhattan’s 47th Street known for jewelry shops. “And gasoline, thanks to Trump, is awfully cheap. So don’t give it a chance right now to do the right thing. “
The NYPD announced shortly after 9 p.m. on Twitter that the man was taken in for questioning. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed, police said.
“Earlier tonight, a man wearing this threatened mask, in a live @FoxNews interview, to burn Manhattan’s diamond district down,” the department tweeted. “Within hours, we identified the man & took him in to be interviewed.”