Fed Says Mosque Firebombing Attack Was Racially Motivated

Cody Crawford, 24, is in federal custody, accused of firebombing an Oregon mosque last year.

Posted: 08/25/2011 06:31 PM EDT
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(Photo: AP Photo/Polk County Sheriff Department)

A suspect has been charged in the case of an Oregon mosque that was set ablaze last year.

 

Federal officials believe that the suspect, 24-year-old Cody Crawford, was motivated by race in the attack.

 

Crawford was arrested on a federal hate crimes indictment Wednesday night, the Associated Press reports.

 

Crawford is accused of setting fire to the Corvallis mosque in Corvallis, Oregon, two days after FBI agents arrested a Somali-American on a charge of plotting to set off a bomb at the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland.

 

U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton told reporters on Thursday that Crawford’s motives were “racial and religious in nature.”

 

Crawford remains in custody. He reportedly told The Associated Press that he is “100 percent innocent.”

 

No one was hurt in the fire, and it was contained to one room.

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