In yet different conflict highlighting the severely increasing trend of racist attacks in the U.S., Man in Florida attempted to burn down a convenience store owned by Indian-Americans, assuming they were ‘Muslims’.
A 64-year-old man attempted to set the store on fire as he believed the owners were Muslim, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara told, tells CNN.
The involved named Richard Lloyd announced that he wanted to “run the Arabs out of our country” so he started a dumpster in front of the Port St. Lucie store & set the contents on fire.
Lloyd was charged with first-degree arson & booked into the St. Lucie County Jail in lieu of a $30,000 bond.
Lloyd said, detectives, he thought the owner was Muslim & that made him livid because of “what they are doing in the Middle East,” Mascara told.
“It’s unfortunate that Mr. Lloyd made the assumption that the store owners were Arabic when, in fact, they are of Indian descent,” Mascara told.
The sheriff also wrote that Lloyd’s mental health will be evaluated & the state attorney’s office will determine if this was a hate crime.
Lloyd said, investigators, he thought to burn the building as he “was doing his part for America.”
Mascara further told that when deputies came Friday morning & saw the fire, Man in front of the store set his hands behind his back & told officers to “take me away.”
End month, Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot in an alleged hate crime in Kansas City, as the killer shot him dead assuming he was an “Iranian’.
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