Chatwal babbled that dogs have fleas and thus needed to be destroyed, bystanders recalled. “They must die!” the hotelier screamed during the attempted torching, according to witnesses. Several good Samaritans jumped in separate Chatwal from the dogs, who suffered minor burns, sources said. A witness said she couldn’t believe her eyes during the attack.
“I was walking down the street, and I saw this guy crouching and aggressively circling this woman and the dogs screaming at them, with a lighter and aerosol can spraying fire on the dogs,” Robles told the media. “It was like a fire- breathing dragon, shooting out flames 2 to 3 feet long,” she said. “This isn’t OK. You can’t walk the streets lighting dogs on fire and think your life can go on as usual.” Another witness shot cell phone footage of four NYPD cruisers descending on a combative Chatwal.
As a personal assistant dragged Chatwal into his Wooster Street home, the babbling hotel owner seemed to tell cops they couldn’t touch him. “You guys don’t have me, I have you,” he screamed. Police allegedly have cell phone video of Chatwal returning to the scene several minutes later and apologizing for his despicable acts, the dogs’ owner told police.