Man arrested on suspicion of arson at mosque
December 13, 2015
A 23-year-old man was arrested late Friday in connection with a hate crime at a mosque in Riverside County.
Friday afternoon, a fire was reported at the Islamic Center of Palm Springs in the front lobby of a small building. Officials are not disclosing how the fire was started other than to say it was arson.
No one was injured in the blaze.
On Friday evening, officers arrested Carl James Dial Jr. of Palm Desert and booked him into the Riverside County Jail on five felony charges including arson and commission of a hate crime. Dial’s bails is set at $150,000 bail.
The mosque is about 75 miles from San Bernardino, where last week a married couple, considered radicalized Muslims, killed 14 people.