FORT PIERCE, Fla. – The Latest on the arrest of a suspect in the arson fire at a Florida mosque (all times local):
The man accused of setting fire to a Florida mosque will not be released on bond.
St. Lucie County Judge Philip Yacucci ordered 32-year--old Joseph Michael Schreiber held without bond Thursday on a charge of second-degree arson with a hate crime enhancement. Yacucci cited Schreiber's two previous prison stays for theft and said he is a danger to the community and a flight risk.
St. Lucie County sheriff's deputies arrested Schreiber on Wednesday, saying he set the Sunday night fire at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce. Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen had occasionally attended the mosque.
The man accused of setting fire to a Florida mosque posted anti-Islamic statements on Facebook.
The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office arrested 32-year-old Joseph Michael Schreiber on Wednesday and charged him with arson for allegedly setting fire to the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce late Sunday. Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen had occasionally attended the mosque.
A July post placed on Facebook by Schreiber stated that, "IF AMERICA truly wants peace and safety and pursuit of happiness they should consider all forms of ISLAM as radical." Schreiber is Jewish.
Maj. David Thompson of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office told a news conference Schreiber was taken into custody on a street in Fort Pierce by authorities acting on tips from members of the community and aided by surveillance video.