Minnesota law enforcement recently arrested a man they say has targeted Muslims. They claim to have surveillance evidence showing the man filling a fuel can. They claim he used the can to start a fire at a local mosque.
In fact, the defendant is facing arson charges for fires that ignited at two separate mosque centers. The man is also accused of vandalizing a police patrol car. The number “500” was painted on the car, although investigators say they do not know what the significance (if any) is of that number. The same number was painted in numerous other locations, including the offices of several members of the U.S. Congress.
Defendant’s mother made a statement
The mother of the man who is facing arson charges spoke publicly, saying that her son has always been fascinated with fire. She also stated that she thinks he has committed arson in the past. The mother also claimed that he mistreated a Muslim woman, who sent her text messages about the wrongful behavior.
Arson is punishable by jail time, fines
Intentionally setting fire to real property that results in damage is a misdemeanor crime in Minnesota. Anyone found guilty of this crime may be sentenced up to 90 days in jail and pay as much as $1,000 in fines. It is always best to seek legal support after being taken into police custody. Acting alongside legal counsel increases the chances of obtaining a positive outcome in court.