Monday, January 16, 2017

Bellevue Mosque Fire Set By Homeless Muslim Who Wanted To Pray But Turned Away

Bellevue Mosque Fire Set By Homeless Muslim Who Wanted To Pray But Turned Away --- ===

January 14, 2017 Isaac Wayne Wilson, 37, arrested on Saturday on charges of setting fire to an Islamic center in Bellevue, Washington. He was   was arrested after he was discovered in a parking lot near the Islamic Center of Eastside, where a fire broke out in the middle of the night. The homeless man previously caused an uproar.  Members of the mosque had tried to help Wilson and had offered to pay for his medications, as he was homeless. Authorities believe there were no indications of hate crime or terrorism as he had made no statements against any religion.  One online commenter who was condemned suspected the fire was set by a member as a hoax crime, but it turns out it was a mentally ill man with no particular motive for disrupting the mosque after wanting to pray there or damaging a Nike store. In July he was there to pray but disrupted prayers by “yelling ‘wildly’ and waving his arms,” court records show, and had an altercation with members of the congregation who escorted him out. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct.He had a history of  property damage, including three incidents since 2016 In June, he was charged for breaking a window at NikeTown in downtown Seattle, which he claimed was a way go to jail to be safe from people trying to kill him .



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Bellevue police confirmed that the blaze at the Islamic Center of Eastside was set intentionally and arrested the suspect on suspicion of arson and an unrelated outstanding warrant. The early-morning fire did not injure anyone, but it destroyed the north side of the mosque. Authorities previously said there was no evidence of a hate crime. (paper will not identify suspect unless charged)   July, the suspect disrupted prayers at the mosque by “yelling ‘wildly’ and waving his arms,” court records show, and had an altercation with members of the congregation who escorted him out. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct.

long history of causing property damage, including three incidents since 2016 before the alleged arson, according to court documents filed by King County prosecutors. In June, he was charged with malicious mischief in the first degree, a felony, for breaking a window at NikeTown in downtown Seattle.

According to a police report of the incident, the man told an officer he broke the window “as a means to go to jail” to be safe from people who were trying to kill hi

 judge issued an arrest warrant when he did not appear court on Jan 11

comments: 

Other news sources have said the suspect has been arrested and is a 37 year old homeless ethnic man who self-identifies as Muslim.

Other news sources also give his name and the fact that he emigrated to the U.S. from Somalia

Richlandman was in the original article, 100% convinced that the arson was a "hoax" and that a Muslim was responsible. He was in here making his case for it being a hoax, saying that someone from the mosque did this to gain sympathy.


arrested on Saturday on charges of setting fire to an Islamic center in Bellevue, Washington, authorities said.

Isaac Wayne Wilson, 37, was arrested after he was discovered in a parking lot near the Islamic Center of Eastside, where a fire broke out in the middle of the night.

Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett said Wilson was arrested on suspicion of second degree arson, and on an outstanding warrant for felony first degree malicious mischief in Seattle.

motive remains unknown, Mylett said, and the incident is under investigation

Islamic Center arsonist apprehended, no early indications of hate crime or terrorism

http://www.bellevuereporter.com/news/bellevue-mosque-damaged-in-suspected-arson-suspect-apprehended/

but law enforcement officials are shying away from calling it a hate crime.






Isaac Wayne Wilson, 37, has been booked into King County Jail under suspicion of arson. He is believed to have acted alone when setting fire to the mosque on Jan. 14 and causing extensive damage.

Officials say there is no indication it was an act of terrorism or linked to other anti-Muslim incidents on the Eastside. Investigators believe that he is the sole perpetrator based on Wilson’s statements, video footage and other evidence.

Wilson has an extensive criminal history and has had several run-ins at the mosque, including one within recent months for which he was arrested and sentenced to probation.

based on statements: “A hate crime is proven by words or actions that the perpetrator was targeting a community because of feelings of animosity towards them.”Nor do investigators believe it was an act of terrorism.

motive is unknown at press time.

During the December incident for which there was an arrest warrant out in his name, Wilson had told police he had schizophrenia, according to court documents. Imam Faizel stated during a community meeting on Jan. 15 that members of the mosque had tried to help Wilson and had offered to pay for his medications, as he was homeless.


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Arson destroys Islamic Center of the Eastside in Bellevue, WA. ... Last night at approximately 2 a.m. the Islamic Center of the Eastside in Bellevue, ...