FBI joins hate crime investigation

Police are investigating an incident of an 18-year-old biracial woman in Madison, Wisconsin, who said she was attacked by four white men, sprayed with a liquid and set on fire in her car.
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Back here at home, to the hate crime investigation in Wisconsin. An 18-year-old biracial woman who says she was set on fire by four white men. Here's Alex Perez. It's 2020 and I never thought something like this would happen to me. Reporter: Tonight, althea Bernstein anxiously hoping authorities in Madison, Wisconsin, will track down the four white men she says doused her with a flammable liquid and lit the biracial 18-year-old on fire. I haven't really slept and I don't really have an appetite so it's just -- I don't want anyone to ever feel like this. Reporter: Bernstein says she was in her car at a red light around 1:00 A.M. Wednesday, when she heard someone yell a racist slur at her. According to the police report her driver's side window was down. She saw four men, all white. One of them sprayed a liquid on her face and neck and then threw a flaming lighter at her, causing the liquid to ignite. Althea, who works as an emt, drove forward and patted out the flames. Your brain still has that fight or flight response that takes care of you, so I made it home. I called my mom, I drove myself to the E.R. Reporter: Madison's mayor calling the incident "An absolutely unacceptable crime," saying in a statement, "Current information suggests this may have been a premeditated crime targeted toward people of color, which makes the incident even more disturbing." "Everybody in Madison deserves to feel safe." The FBI now joining the investigation. I don't have room for hatred or holding grudges so I hope that if they do see this that they will make a change for themselves. Reporter: Cecilia, this is being investigated as a hate crime. They are working with federal investigators now and combing through surveillance cameras for any clues. Cecilia? Alex, thank you.

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