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Seattle Arson Investigated As Hate Crime, Bail Set At $1 Million

Musab Masmari

In the latest development of Seattle's gay bar arsonist, police have determined that Musab Musmari is a flight risk and have thus set his bail at $1 million. This determination was reached in light of the fact that when SPD arrested Musmari as he was leaving home he was in possession of his U.S. and Libyan passports and a one-way airline ticket to Turkey.

Meanwhile, the FBI, working on the case as part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, are investigating the case as a possible hate crime, and friends and victims of Musmari have described him as having increasingly volatile and unstable behavior over the past year.

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  1. He'll probably considered a hero in conservative muslim and evangelical christians communities.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 8, 2014 12:06:12 PM

  2. Trying to commit mass murder by setting a crowded building on fire is the very definition of terrorism, so I hope he is prosecuted as a terrorist. A hate crime conviction under Washington State law would add up to an additional 5 years in prison. If each of the 700 or so people in the building is treated as a separate offense....

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Feb 8, 2014 12:08:38 PM

  3. He's a terrorist...plain and simple..

    Posted by: Ankerich | Feb 8, 2014 12:56:45 PM

  4. And probably closeted gay man. Fortunately, the patrons and staff at Neighbors were clear-headed, put out the fire, and evacuated the club without injury.

    Posted by: DavidR | Feb 8, 2014 1:58:20 PM

  5. Ah, the Muslims! Yuk!

    Posted by: DanCobb | Feb 8, 2014 2:54:40 PM

  6. Why have bail at all? Aren't there special cases where the judge can simply decline giving the person bail??? I think this would be one.

    Posted by: johnny | Feb 8, 2014 3:24:14 PM

  7. I suppose I'd be redundantly stating the obvious if I were to remark that he looks gay.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Feb 8, 2014 4:22:33 PM

  8. Anybody ever hear of this thing called mental illness? I hear some humans are afflicted with it.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 9, 2014 10:20:25 AM

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