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Police Make Arrest in Seattle New Years Eve Gay Nightclub Arson: VIDEO


Police have made an arrested 30-year-old Musab Masmari in connection with the arson at Seattle's Neighbours gay nightclub on New Year's Eve, KING5 reports:

Police took Masmari into custody as he was en route to the airport.  Police say following the arrest, Masmari was interviewed by detectives and later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Arson.

It was just after midnight on New Year's Eve while nearly 700 people crammed into Neighbours for a celebration when customers noticed the staircase at the iconic gay club was on fire. Management at the iconic gay club in Capitol Hill later discovered a gasoline container near the stairs.

A surveillance video released by police led to the identification of Masmari. His motives are still unknown. 750 people were inside the nightclub at the time. Slog has more on MAsmari's background HERE.

Watch KING5's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Muslin is such a breathable fabric.

    Posted by: SisterBertrille | Feb 2, 2014 10:37:18 AM

  2. Muslin hate of gays makes Russia look like puppies with teeth in comparison...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Feb 2, 2014 10:44:53 AM

  3. I haven't read anything whatsoever about Masmari being Muslim. There are a great many non-Muslim people in the Middle East -- Christian, Jewish, Baha'i, Zoroastrian, just to name the major faiths -- who have "Arabic" sounding names. And even if he had been raised in Islam, there is no knowing at this point as to whether or not he is a believer or otherwise practicing Muslim.

    It is way too early to blame anything on religion.

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Feb 2, 2014 11:18:06 AM

  4. While it may be to early to blame religion, the man is clearly Muslim. His middle name is Mohammed, which is almost exclusively a Muslim name, and more importantly he has several references to Islam on his Facebook page.

    Posted by: Merv | Feb 2, 2014 11:30:13 AM

  5. YEAH and that NYE status update that said "I'm having a hot time in Capitol Hill tonight!"

    Posted by: dumbnhung | Feb 2, 2014 11:37:36 AM

  6. Sounds like a Muslim terrorist to me.

    Posted by: Dan Cob | Feb 2, 2014 2:18:31 PM

  7. As an indication of the intelligence of the Muslim bashers (verbally, that is) commenting above, merely clicking on the link giving background information about Masmari would show that religion is not the cause of his behavior:

    1. He had been frequenting other bars in the area (if he was a devout Muslim, he would presumably refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages and not go to bars).

    2. He was kicked out of one bar for unzipping his pants in a highly visible area of the bar (so much for Muslim standards of modesty, not to mention the possibility of alcohol-fueled loss of inhibitions).

    3. He was showing increasingly strange behavior over time.

    4. He had a criminal record due being abusive.

    All of the above suggest that, regardless of his religious background, some mental health issues are the most likely cause of his behavior. Obviously a professional evaluation is in order. If he did it, the main question will be whether he should be sent to jail or to a mental hospital for the criminally insane.

    Guys, with all the anti-gay bigotry in the world, let's not act like bigots ourselves, and a little fact checking before spouting will help prevent one from looking very, very foolish.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 2, 2014 2:31:06 PM

  8. Although tempting to blame Islam for his behavior, it is probably not correct. Some of the reports about this guy indicate that he is just a two bit criminal and a nut case.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 2, 2014 4:08:35 PM

  9. I am surprised that the culprit was not a trans activist. They threatened to burn down a lesbian music festival in Michigan.

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 2, 2014 4:44:04 PM

  10. It figures that the self-described "queers" on this site like Andrew and Bill would rush to this guy's defense. Any gay man who would call himself "queer" - even under the guise of progressive jargon - has major self-hatred and self-debasement issues and so would be quick to defend an antigay arsonist.

    Posted by: Beck | Feb 2, 2014 4:56:46 PM

  11. @Beck: he was not being "defended". I (and then Andrew independently) simply noted that religious beliefs were not likely the cause of whatever he did as he had an independent collection of faults and "issues" that were more than sufficient. My comment wasn't really about the suspect but about people jumping to conclusions without even bothering to glance at the articles Towleroad linked to.

    BTW, the initial report before his arrest indicated that the video was not good enough to be sure it was him, but gave them a likely suspect. I'd imagine that there might have been fingerprints on the gas can found near the staircase and if there was a serial number on it + a credit-card transaction, there could have been proof as to whether he purchased the can, assuming the store could be identified. The police aren't (or at least weren't) saying anything due to a continuing investigation: probably because they didn't want to tip the culprit off before they collected all the evidence.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 2, 2014 5:16:48 PM

  12. First of all, I have no idea if this crime was motivated by religion. But, to assert that religious hypocrites can't commit crimes motivated by their religion is absurd. It defies both logic and experience.

    Posted by: Merv | Feb 2, 2014 6:21:58 PM

  13. @Merv: ever heard of Occam's Razor? If you read the article Towleroad linked to - - you will find that "Seattle Municipal Court records show Masmari faced several criminal charges in 2013, including assault, violation of an anti-harassment order, property destruction, and obstructing a police officer." He was banned from at least one bar for bad behavior such as sticking his fingers in other customers' food.

    He claims to be from Benghazi, so if he is officially a Muslim, it is more than likely because his parents were and dragged him to a mosque during his childhood, just as many non-religious Americans were dragged to churches by their parents during their childhoods.

    So, his criminal background is consistent with a crime involving property destruction and his other behavior (bar hopping) is inconsistent with being a devout Muslim. Which hypothesis fits the data best - his criminal background or the religion he most likely inherited from his parents?

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 2, 2014 6:50:44 PM

  14. @BECK: Learn to read A##hole! Do you actually think that I was defending him by calling him "a two bit criminal and a nutcase"? I was saying that some reports, like the one Towleroad linked to, suggest that his motivation may not have been religious. FYI: I don't call myself queer. I don't particularly like the word. I am an out and proud gay man. However, I do have some younger gay friends and co-workers who are out, gay and proud who regularly refer to themselves as queer. It is an age thing. Lots of younger gays call themselves queer. I assure you A##hole, they do not have an ounce of "self debasement" or "self hatred" in their entire bodies.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 2, 2014 7:44:18 PM

  15. @BILL: In my, not so humble, opinion you are way too rational and logical in your responses to a##holes like BECK and MERV. No amount of reasoning ever changed their opinions on anything. Tomorrow MERV will probably go to his local CVS and ask to purchase an Occam's Razor.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 2, 2014 7:58:10 PM

  16. "Muslin hate of gays" I had no idea that fabrics could hate.

    Posted by: Armando | Feb 2, 2014 8:26:39 PM

  17. @Andrew: I wrote it for the benefit of other readers who might not have been interested enough to check the links. Regardless, being rational sometimes angers people even more than telling them off. I missed Beck's part about both of us allegedly being "self-described 'queers'," which seemed rather odd since I've never posted a comment on this site stating my sexual orientation. Why bother on a gay-oriented web site?

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 2, 2014 10:07:00 PM

  18. Muslim self hatred is to blame...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Feb 2, 2014 11:51:07 PM

  19. The comment by Trans hater Steve is typical of the nasty comments by trans haters. Because according to him a "trans activist" threatened violence in Mich., he is surprised the arsonist in Wash State is not a trans activist. Loathsome creep!!!

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 3, 2014 10:37:01 AM

  20. Okay, to you guys who are dying to say "He's MUSLIM!!" and all - Islam does NOT teach terrorism. It does NOT advocate this kind of thing - it is NEVER permissible to use violence against others like this.

    But I wonder why you are so quick to WANT to blame Muslims? Maybe you realize that the "most terrorists are muslims" thing is FALSE?

    Posted by: LGHR | Feb 3, 2014 10:22:44 PM

  21. Trans-hater Steve could try going that trans-phobic festival in Michigan, but as a man he'd be barred as well.

    Posted by: ScottCA | Feb 8, 2014 3:05:48 PM

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