The altercation happened early Sunday in New Square in suburban Rockland County.
Police say the 43-year-old victim fought off a village resident armed with an incendiary device. Ramapo police arrested 18-year-old teen on felony counts of first-degree attempted arson and first-degree assault. The suspect had serious burns to his hands and arms and has been hospitalized.
No information on an attorney for the teen was immediately available.
The victim also is hospitalized.
Police told the Journal News that the victim’s family had been targeted before because the victim prayed outside the main synagogue used by the community’s grand rabbi.
The Journal News is withholding the victim’s name.