On Wednesday, Chron.com reported that 37-year-old Gary Nathaniel Moore was arrested and charged with setting a Houston mosque on fire on Christmas Day.
According to the charging instrument released by the Harris County District Clerk, Moore attended the mosque for five years.
The report further said he came to the mosque five times per day to pray seven days per week.
Carol Christian and Leah Binkowitz added:
Moore told investigators he had been at the mosque earlier on Dec. 25 to pray, and had left at about 2 p.m. to go home. Moore told investigators he was the last person to leave the mosque and saw no smoke or other signs of fire when he left. He had returned to the scene after hearing about the fire from a friend.
Though the suspect said he was a regular at the mosque, MJ Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, which operates the mosque, said he was unfamiliar with Moore. “We are just looking into it ourselves,” he said Wednesday morning after learning of the arrest.
There were no injuries and Moore was identified from surveillance videos taken at multiple businesses nearby.
A video report of the incident can be seen below:
Moore’s bond has been set at $100,000.
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