Man allegedly attempted to torch store to 'run the Arabs out'

Man allegedly attempted to torch store to 'run the Arabs out'

Man allegedly attempted to torch store to 'run the Arabs out'

The owners are actually of Indian descent.

Lloyd lit a dumpster he had pushed in front of the Port St. Lucie store, Mascara said in a news release posted on Facebook.

According to the Sheriff, at approximately 7:40 am, deputies were called to the Met Mart store in reference to a white male in front of the store acting suspicious.

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He remains in custody on $30,000 bail after being charged with first degree arson.

Richard Lloyd doesn't care too much for Muslims.Florida man, Richard Lloyd being led away by St Lucie County police on Friday.Richard Lloyd said he thought the flames of the dumpster fire would be fed by the beer and wine inside the shop. The culprit was a 64 year-old man named Richard Leslie Lloyd. According to the sheriff's office, Lloyd told detectives he assumed the owner was Muslim and it made him mad because of "what they are doing in the Middle East".

Llyod is believed to have thought up the plan when he visited the store earlier this month and was told it was out of Tropicana juice. "Regardless, we will not tolerate violence based on age, race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, homeless status, mental or physical disability".

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The state attorney's office is still deciding on whether this is a hate crime or if Lloyd had mental health problems, CNN reported. According to the nonprofit group South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), there were more than 200 incidents against South Asian, Muslim, Hindu, Middle Eastern, and Arab communities in the time period between December 2015 and November 2016.

This comes just days after a Sikh man suffered grave injuries after he was shot by an unidentified man.

In late February, an Indian engineer working in Kansas was killedand two other people were wounded after a gunman shouting racial slurs opened fire on them.

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