The high profile Manhattan, New York founder of the Dream, Night and Time boutique hotels, Vikram Chatwal, is under investigation for animal cruelty after witnesses claimed they saw him trying to set two dogs on fire after spraying them with lighter fluid. According to Page Six, the disturbing incident occurred on Friday afternoon as dog walker Isabell Suquilanda, 29, and her charges, two Jack Russells, had been strolling by 21 Wooster Street.
Suddenly Chatwal appeared and screamed at Isabell and the dogs in a foreign language; he pulled out a lighter and an aerosol can in an alleged attempt to set the dogs on fire yelling that the dogs had fleas and needed to be destroyed. Good Samaritans immediately intervened and separated Chatwal from the frightened dogs who suffered minor burn injuries.
Eyewitness Roxanne Robles told The Post:
“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…. It was like a fire- breathing dragon, shooting out flames 2 to 3 feet long. 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 caught the bizarre and dangerous encounter on cellphone video. The 44-year-old Chatwal was reported to have been dragged back into his home, but not before he yelled at everyone stating they couldn’t touch him, and “they didn’t have him.”