An 18-year-old in Bellevue, Washington has been arrested for setting fire to a local mosque — the second time it’s been burned since January 2017.
According to the Bellevue Reporter, the fire set at the Islamic Center of Eastside is not currently being investigated as a hate crime. Prior to arresting the 18-year-old, who has not been named, police arrested 37-year-old Isaac Wilson, the man sentenced for setting the first fire in early 2017, on parole violations. They later ruled him out as a suspect.
The Bellevue Reporter reported that in December, Wilson was sentenced to 14 months in prison after setting fire to the mosque earlier that year. The man, who is schizophrenic and homeless, received help from the mosque paying for his medications prior to setting fire to it.
The Islamic center had been empty since it was first burned in 2017, and some reports indicate that squatters may have been living in it. You can see photos and video of the blaze and the aftermath below.
The scene at the Islamic Center of Eastside: a woman watches her mosque burn, again; A Bellevue fire chaplain (at right) offers his support to the mosque's board members, "We hurt for you;" and a second fire here is now under investigation. https://t.co/UyflOgdeRm pic.twitter.com/aLddMdQ6Ea
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— Bellevue, WA Police (@BvuePD) March 21, 2018