Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Tex. Mosque Xmas Day Fire Set by Rel. Attendee; Accused Prayed at Mosque Every Day for 5 Years

The 37-year-old man who was arrested today (December 30, 2015) on suspicion of setting fire to a Houston mosque on Christmas Day attended the facility for five years and prayed there five times a day, according to the Daily Caller website.

Gary Nathaniel Moore was arrested this morning in connection with the incident. Moore had told investigators that he was the last person to leave the Savoy Masjid mosque on Christmas Day and that there were no signs of a fire at that time.

The mosque sustained $100,000 in damages. Eighty firefighters responded to the blaze, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Investigators fingered Moore after viewing surveillance videos from nearby businesses. A search of Moore's home yielded a backpack and clothing which matched the suspect in the surveillance videos. Investigators also recovered a lighter fluid bottle which matched the one recovered at the scene.

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