New Square Arson Victim Blames Attack On Community’s Religious Intolerance
June 8, 2011 9:20 PM
NEW SQUARE, N.Y. (CBS 2) — After being the victim of a frightening arson attack, New Square resident Aron Rottenberg spoke from his hospital bed in an interview on May 29 exclusively obtained by CBS 2.
In the interview conducted with an investigator working for his lawyer one week after the May 22 attack , Rottenberg said he blames the leaders of a Hasidic sect for creating the intolerant atmosphere that led to his injuries.
“We smelled gas – terrible bad odor of gas,” he said.
Rottenberg talked about the attack on his home that left him burned over half of his body. He also described how he tackled the masked intruder behind his home.
“Actually, when I jumped at him, this was my first goal — to help uncover his face to see who the perpetrator is,” Rottenberg said. “But because we burst into flames, I couldn’t continue. I had to save my life.”