Expect this story to quickly disappear from the media radar since the hoped-for suspect didn’t materialize. He wasn’t a tea partyer, a crazed right-winger, or even a rabid Tebow supporter.
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, according to a new report.
The Associated Press reported that police said 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
The man, who lives in Jamaica, had furiously vowed to take revenge following his shoplifting arrest last Tuesday.
“When they were pushing him out of the store, he said words to the effect of, ‘We’re going to get even, we’re going to get back at you,’” Police commissioner Ray Kelly said.
The 179th St. Deli was the first of four Queens targets hit by the fire fiend, who also is suspected of striking at an Islamic center, a Hindu temple inside a home and a Jamaica home.
Kelly acknowledged that detectives think a home in Elmont, just over the Queens border, was part of the fiery rampage that stretched from 8 to 10:15 p.m.
“Four of the five attacks, the Starbucks Frappucino bottles were used,” Kelly said. “Our detectives believe that the same individual is responsible for all of these incidents.”
Despite all evidence these crimes in New York the other night were the work of one off-kilter individual, the usual suspects from the terror-connected group CAIR are hyperventilating, of course.
All of the incidents have alarmed officials at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, whose leaders want political and religious leaders to condemn these and other attacks across the nation.