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NYPD says suspect confesses in firebomb attacks
Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 3:57 PM EST | SAMANTHA GROSS

Posted on 01/03/2012 1:33:10 PM PST by Hunton Peck

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City police say a man has confessed to a string of arson attacks at an Islamic cultural center and four other sites on New Year's Day.

The man was taken into custody Tuesday. His name was not immediately released.

Police spokesman Paul Browne says he made statements implicating himself in the attacks and had personal grievances with each targeted location.

Crude Molotov cocktails were tossed into a convenience store, two homes in Queens, one in nearby Nassau County, and an Islamic center.

He is facing arson-related charges. It's not clear if the incidents were bias crimes, but it's being investigated.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Detectives questioned a man Tuesday in connection with the firebombing of an Islamic cultural center and three other New York City sites, attacks they said might turn out to be hate crimes.

The man was tracked through a car with Virginia license plates that was believed to be at the scene of at least two of the attacks Sunday evening on a convenience store, two homes and the cultural center, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

The man in custody may be the same person kicked out of the convenience store on Dec. 22 for trying to steal a glass Starbucks bottle and milk, authorities believe. Four of the five crude Molotov cocktails thrown at the various locations were made from glass Starbucks bottles, Kelly said.

Witnesses reported he made threats as he was escorted out, Kelly said.

"When they were pushing him out of the store, he said words to the effect that `We're going to get even. We're going to get back at you,'" Kelly said.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: firebombings; guyana; islam; islamiccenter
No name released, and they seem to be hedging on the original "hate crime" presumption. Hmmm...

Meanwhile, Bloomie is distinguishing between a "hate crime" and "senseless violence", so I guess he thinks a "hate crime" is sensible violence.

1 posted on 01/03/2012 1:33:12 PM PST by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

The culprit should convert to islam as soon as possible. That would be funny.


2 posted on 01/03/2012 1:35:35 PM PST by Christian1
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To: Hunton Peck

FWIW, Muslims have been known to burn mosques because of little disagreements among themselves. Sounds more like a crazy leftist than a vast right wing conspirator to me.

Not much to go on, but that’s an indicator, too. If he was a hate-filled Southern Baptist, we’d be hearing all about it.


3 posted on 01/03/2012 1:37:48 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Christian1

I’m thinking he’s already one.


4 posted on 01/03/2012 1:38:09 PM PST by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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I knew there was a reason I disliked this bottles. It’s time we take a long hard look at how easy it is for people to get a hold of bottles and begin to seriously look at restricting access to Starbucks bottles.


5 posted on 01/03/2012 1:40:26 PM PST by newnhdad
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To: Hunton Peck

bias crimes? Is that like a lesser degree hate crime?


6 posted on 01/03/2012 1:40:40 PM PST by Leep
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To: newnhdad

The early reports said the Mosques were Shiite. So the culprit could be Sunni.


7 posted on 01/03/2012 1:42:22 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Hunton Peck; Leep
. It's not clear if the incidents were bias crimes New category for bloomy?
8 posted on 01/03/2012 1:55:20 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: Hunton Peck
Bias is an inclination to present or hold a partial perspective at the expense of (possibly equally valid) alternatives. ..." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bias
9 posted on 01/03/2012 1:56:26 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: Hunton Peck

I am assuming the man is a muslim, that is why his name hasn’t been released and why they are hesitating on the hate crime BS.


10 posted on 01/03/2012 2:05:24 PM PST by calex59
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To: Hunton Peck

Give Peace a chance don’t throw a firebomb. Throw some bacon and lard.


11 posted on 01/03/2012 2:05:24 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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I believe the culprit is a person of color. Therefore, the Hate Crime Charge, is off the table.

Just like with the New Black Panther thugs.

12 posted on 01/03/2012 2:11:09 PM PST by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: Hunton Peck

The way he was able to find their homes seems odd also, almost like he knew them.


13 posted on 01/03/2012 2:17:18 PM PST by dog breath
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To: dog breath

Certainly doesn’t sound at all like the acts of someone launching an attack against Islam.


14 posted on 01/03/2012 2:33:02 PM PST by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

No name released, and they seem to be hedging on the original “hate crime” presumption. Hmmm...

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I wonder if this means the suspect is a mohammedan....


15 posted on 01/03/2012 3:11:52 PM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Bigg Red

If so, we’ll probably never hear about it.


16 posted on 01/03/2012 3:27:37 PM PST by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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The story at the link has now been dramatically shortened, and now begins as follows:
NEW YORK (AP) -- A law enforcement official says a man hurled firebombs at an Islamic cultural center in part because he wasn't allowed to use its bathrooms and targeted four other New York-area sites on New Year's Day over personal grievances.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the case is still being investigated. The official says the man made anti-Muslim statements and could be charged with a hate crime in the Islamic center attack. [story continues]


17 posted on 01/03/2012 4:26:51 PM PST by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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Oh, and the headline now reads:

Source: Toilet denial, then NY Islam center attack

18 posted on 01/03/2012 4:33:10 PM PST by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: ColdOne

“an inclination “ - Basis for a new Hate Crime?


19 posted on 01/03/2012 4:37:26 PM PST by Makana
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To: Hunton Peck
NEWLY REWRITTEN and expanded story says he's Guyanese:
NEW YORK (AP) -- A man hurled crude firebombs at an Islamic cultural center in part because he wasn't allowed to use its bathrooms and targeted four other New York-area sites on New Year's Day because of personal grievances, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.

The 40-year-old man, of Guyanese descent, was taken into custody Tuesday after he was tracked through a stolen car with Virginia license plates believed to be at the scene of at least two of the attacks Sunday evening on a convenience store, three homes and the cultural center, police said.

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The man was facing arson-related charges, and it was unclear Tuesday whether the attacks were considered hate crimes, which could bring extra penalties. He has prior arrests for drugs, passing bad checks and weapons possession.

The law enforcement official, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the case was still being investigated, said the man made broad anti-Muslim statements and could be charged with a hate crime in the Islamic center attack.

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The law enforcement official said the man bought five Frappuccinos, which cost about $2 each, and was given three for free the night of the attacks. He later was seen on video at a gas station a few hours before the first bomb was tossed, apparently filling up bottles with gasoline, the official said. Paper was used as a wick for at least one of the bombs.

The first hit was at 8 p.m., when a bottle was thrown at a counter at the corner store. The bomb did not explode, but gasoline leaked out and a small fire started.

[story continues, with details of each boming attempt]
20 posted on 01/03/2012 5:45:07 PM PST by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

...and he (allegedly) stole the car with the Va plates from a JFK airport parking lot.


21 posted on 01/03/2012 5:48:09 PM PST by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck
ANOTHER UPDATE. The bomber finally has a name:
Police say Ray Lazier Lengend was arrested Tuesday on charges including one count of arson as a hate crime, four counts of arson and five counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

22 posted on 01/03/2012 7:54:41 PM PST by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

The few people I have ever met from Guyana are at least part African. It will be interesting to see how much influence the Muslims have that they might get the liberals to charge a black man with a hate crime. I bet this will be played down.


23 posted on 01/03/2012 9:10:50 PM PST by dog breath
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To: dog breath

For the moment, at least, there’s a picture of the perp at the link.

If it weren’t reported as a hate crime, CAIR would have a fit and Bloomie the coward would see to it that the report was changed. The most important thing is to inflate the numbers of “hate crimes” against muslims.


24 posted on 01/03/2012 10:59:00 PM PST by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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