Security Video Shows Man Burning Pride Flags at Harlem Gay Bar

"To the homophobic coward, we will make our mission to find you!"

New surveillance video footage has been released that shows the man who burned a pair of Pride flags outside Alibi Lounge, a gay bar in New York City's Harlem neighborhood.

A young man in sneakers and a short-sleeved shirt can be seen in the grainy footage approaching the bar's entrance, setting both rainbow flags on fire with a lighter, and then walking away.

NYPD was called to the scene last Friday night, the New York Post reported. By the time officers arrived, the burning Pride Month display had been extinguished. No one was injured.

"Some asshole set our rainbow flags on fire! It's a hate crime!" Alibi owner Alexi Minko posted on social media. "To the homophobic coward, we will make our mission to find you! It’s #pridemonth motherfucker!”

The arsonist remains at large and police continue to investigate the incident as a possible bias crime.

"I am disgusted by the burning of a Pride flag outside an LGBTQ bar in Harlem early yesterday morning," tweeted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"There is no place for hate in New York. Rather than divide New Yorkers, this despicable act will only strengthen our commitment to tolerance, equality and justice for every individual."

Whoopi Goldberg also mentioned the "really ugly incident" of vandalism on The View.

By Monday, Alibi had already received a gift of replacement flags from a "beautiful stranger."

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