Cops: Woman tried to burn Lightning flag at game

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

A Sterling Heights woman has been charged with arson for allegedly trying to torch a Tampa Bay Lightning flag at the playoff game Wednesday night.

Lena Sinishtaj, 35, has been charged with a first-degree felony and remains in the Hillsboro County, Fla., jail after being denied bond in the incident.

Police said Sinishtaj held a lighter to the large flag as it was passed around the crowd at Amalie Arena in Tampa about 15 minutes after the game began.

"Initially, police just wanted her to leave," Tampa Police Department spokeswoman Andrea Davis said. "They were going to charge her with trespassing but they ended up having to arrest her."

According to Davis, police were called to the area where Sinishtaj was sitting.

"They had reports of some kind of a problem with a group of people," Davis said. "Then they heard she, and a couple of other persons, were trying to burn the flag that was being passed around to a group of about 200 persons.

"They checked the flag and found a burn mark. She was charged with a felony because she was trying to set a fire in an arena."

Davis said police did not test Sinishtaj to see if she had been drinking.

Sinishtaj's Twitter page shows photo after photo of the Red Wings, including the jerseys of two of her favorite Wings, Daniel DeKeyser and Pavel Datsyuk.

Another photos shows Datsyuk's jersey draped over a chair with the caption: "They love me in Tampa."

It is unknown at this point if she has an attorney or when she is expected to appear next in court.

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