A Riverside County man has been arrested and charged with arson , burglary, maliciously setting a fire, and hate crimes, following a fire at a Coachella mosque. The fire was discovered about 15 minutes before an afternoon prayer service at The Islamic Society of Coachella Valley facility. Several people were inside the building when the Fire Department arrived. The fire damage was limited to the building’s lobby, but the building suffered extensive smoke damage. This is not the first time this facility has been targeted. Last year, a shot was fired into the building. No one was injured in that incident and no arrests were made.
Arson Is Thought To Be Response To San Bernardino Attack
The fire damage was limited to the building’s lobby, but the building suffered extensive smoke damage. This is not the first time this facility has been targeted. Last year, a shot was fired into the building. No one was injured in that incident and no arrests were made. Investigators, who were assisted by the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, believe the fire was set in response to the recent terrorist attack in San Bernardino.
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An arson conviction can result in a lengthy prison sentence, and can be considered a “strike” for the purpose of California’s Three Strikes Law. Additional felony convictions under this law can result in a life sentence.
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