Seattle Arson Suspect ID'd, Held On $1M Bail
Seattle Police believe they have the man responsible for attempting to burn down Neighbors, an iconic gay club in the city, on New Year's Eve. Though all 750 patrons partying that night managed to escape unscathed, the crime has left a mark in the city's gay community. But relief may be within grasp; a $1 million bail is set for 30-year old Musab Musmari and the F.B.I. has announced it's investigating the possibility of a hate crime.
The hearing for Musab Mohamed Musmari, 30, comes after he was booked into King County Jail on Saturday for investigation of arson. He remains in jail and is held without bail. He has not yet been charged with the crime. Seattle police arrested the suspect Saturday when investigators say he was on his way to the airport.
According to police, Musmari had a one-way ticket to Turkey and was carrying both his Libyan and United State passports at the time of his arrest outside his home Saturday. Police say “numerous” people called in to identify Musmari as the man seen in images from surveillance video recorded at the club the night of the attack.
The F.B.I. has released its own statement:
On Saturday, February 1, 2014, the Seattle Police Department, working jointly with the FBI and other members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), arrested a subject in their investigation of the January 1, 2014 arson at Neighbours Nightclub in Capitol Hill.
The FBI offered its assistance to SPD in order to assess the possibility of a federal hate crime. The FBI participated in initial interviews with the subject on Saturday and continues to investigate the incident.
Police arrested the 30-year-old subject near Seattle as he was enroute to the airport.
The FBI joins SPD and its JTTF partners in appreciating the public’s assistance with the investigation. We consider all tips seriously and have brought many criminals to justice as a result of information provided by a concerned citizen.
People who know Musmari say that he was an "enjoyable" man who quickly spiraled into instability. His recent criminal records (including assaulting a man with a pool cue) underscore this claim.