Suspect in US Florida mosque fire denied bond, called a danger

2016-09-15 18:27
Joseph Michael Schreiber (AP).

Joseph Michael Schreiber (AP).

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Fort Pierce — The man accused of setting fire to the mosque sometimes attended by Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen was ordered held without bail on Thursday after a judge called him a danger to the community and a flight risk.

Joseph Michael Schreiber looked down during most of the brief hearing before St. Lucie County Judge Philip Yacucci. He told Yaccuci he couldn't afford a private attorney and was appointed a public defender. He also acknowledged two previous stints in prison.

Schreiber, 32, was arrested without incident on Wednesday afternoon and charged with second-degree arson with a hate crime enhancement, a crime that carries a maximum 30-year sentence. The fire was set on Sunday on the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The blaze also coincided with the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha. No one was injured in the fire, which burned a 3-by-3m hole in the roof at the back of the mosque's main building and blackened its eaves with soot.

Yacucci also noted that Schreiber had made anti-Islamic posts on social media. Last July, Schreiber posted on Facebook that "All Islam is radical" and that all Muslims should be treated as terrorists and criminals.

Schreiber, who is Jewish, stated that, "IF AMERICA truly wants peace and safety and pursuit of happiness they should consider all forms of ISLAM as radical. ALL ISLAM IS RADICAL, and should be considered TERRORIST AND CRIMANALS (sic) and all hoo (sic) participate in such activity should be found guilty of WAR CRIM (sic) until law and order is restored in this beautiful free country."

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