Homeless man suspected of torching Bellevue mosque is charged

Source: The Seattle Times

A homeless man suspected of setting fire to a Bellevue mosque early Saturday morning was charged with second-degree arson Tuesday by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Bail was set at $1 million.

Isaac Wayne Wilson, 37, who has an extensive history of mental illness and property damage, was found in a parking lot behind the Islamic Center of Eastside, staring at the fire, according to charging documents. When approached by police, he calmly said, “I did it,” the documents say.

A man with clothing matching Wilson’s was also seen on the mosque security cameras approaching the northeast corner of the building at 2:38 a.m. Saturday with a plastic jug. Moments later, smoke and large flames obscure the camera view, according to the charging papers.

No one was injured in the blaze, but it destroyed about half of the two-story wooden structure in the Lake Hills neighborhood, said Lt. Ryan Armstrong, spokesman for the Bellevue Fire Department. The 1978 building was valued at $1.2 million in 2016, according to county property records.

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