Reward doubled to $10K in Madison lighter fluid attack

Updated: 6:29 p.m. on June 30, 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A reward has been doubled to $10,000 for information leading to whoever set fire to a biracial Wisconsin woman who says she was attacked while she was driving.

The additional $5,000 reward was announced Tuesday by the Center for Combating Antisemitism, a division of the international nonprofit StandWithUs, in partnership with the Mizel Family Foundation.

That matches an earlier $5,000 reward by Madison Area Crime Stoppers for information about the attack on 18-year-old Althea Bernstein.

Bernstein says she was attacked while driving in downtown Madison early on June 24 by four white men who sprayed her with lighter fluid.

One allegedly tossed a flaming lighter at her, setting her neck and face on fire. 

Posted: 12:45 p.m. on June 25, 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An assault on a biracial woman in Wisconsin is being investigated as a hate crime after the woman told police she was burned by lighter fluid thrown at her and ignited by a white man.

The reported attack came in Madison just a few blocks from violent protests around the state Capitol.

The woman told police she was driving near the Capitol at about 1 a.m. Wednesday and had stopped at a red light with her driver's side window down.

The 18-year-old woman told police she heard someone yell out a racial epithet, looked around and saw four white men.

She said one sprayed liquid on her face and neck and threw a flaming lighter at her. She was treated at a hospital for burns.

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