The New York Post reports:
The woman accused of setting a pride flag on fire outside a Manhattan restaurant sparked chaos in court Wednesday, repeatedly shouting during her first appearance before a judge. Angelina Cando, 35, interrupted the proceeding in Manhattan Criminal Court several times as prosecutors accused her of going on a vandalizing spree over the weekend that included lighting up the flag and vandalizing two NYPD cars.
Officials said she scribbled phrases like “Jesus,” “J&A” and “suck d–k” along the Canal Street subway station before writing “Jesus is King” on the two cop cars. She was arraigned before Judge John Zhuo Wang, though she continued to ramble nonsensically during the hearing. “False accusation. False accusation. They’re all fake,” Cando shouted. Wang ordered a mental evaluation to determine if Cando is fit to stand trial and remanded her to custody.
The New York Daily News reports:
“False accusations!” howled Angelina Cando, 30, who was held for a psychiatric exam pending a March hearing. “It’s all fake! Let me free! He is King!” Cando was charged with arson and criminal mischief, both as hate crimes, for using a lighter to ignite the rainbow flag hanging outside Little Prince. It was her third arrest in less than a month, police said.
“They’re lying!” Cando yelled in one outburst before she was led from the Manhattan Criminal Court hearing. Her defense lawyer described the hearing as an “impossible situation,” adding he was not going to “muzzle” the defendant. The grand jury in her case was put off until March 22 pending the mental health evaluation.
That’s her parents in the photo below. The Daily Mail has more photos from inside the courtroom.
NYC woman accused of igniting pride flag booted from court for repeated outbursts https://t.co/BImtccOpm6 pic.twitter.com/vWBVD8hiXv
— New York Post (@nypost) February 23, 2023
Hate crime charge for NYC woman nabbed in SoHo restaurant gay pride rainbow flag fire; ‘All fake!’ she yells in court – New York Daily News https://t.co/pR8jxba5Z5
— Colin Stark (@cstarkjp) February 23, 2023