Houston mosque fire investigation turns up unlikely suspect

posted at 8:31 am on December 31, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

When a Christmas day fire broke out at a strip mall mosque in Houston Texas, the media was quick like a bunny to begin speculating on the “suspicious nature” of the fire and looking for a motive. CAIR was one of the first out of the gate to call it a hate crime. (NBC News)

The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on authorities to investigate a possible bias motive in the case, citing what it called a “recent spike in hate incidents targeting mosques nationwide.

A mosque in Coachella, California, was damaged in an intentionally set fire on Dec. 11. A 23-year-old man was arrested and has been charged with a hate crime in that fire. Vandalized mosques have also been reported in Arizona and Georgia.

Thanks to some diligent work by the local authorities, the “mystery” may be close to being solved. A suspect has been taken into custody and some of the initial evidence has been released to the public. So who was this white supremacist, Trump loving hatemonger who would intentionally light up a house of worship? We won’t know until there’s either a confession or a conviction, but the suspect doesn’t seem to fit the initial profile.

A Houston man has been arrested in connection with a suspected arson at a mosque on Christmas Day, but the motive for the crime remains a mystery, with the suspect maintaining he was a regular at the mosque.

A spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed that the suspect, 37-year-old Gary Nathaniel Moore of Houston, was arrested early Wednesday. Moore appeared in court at 7 a.m., spokeswoman Nicole Strong said, and bond was set at $100,000.

According to a charging instrument released by the Harris County District Clerk, Moore told investigators at the scene that he has attended the storefront mosque for five years, coming five times per day to pray seven days per week.

The local officials have only released one photo of the suspect thus far.

GaryMoore

We should stress once again that Moore is still a suspect and this is an allegation, not a conviction at this point. The evidence the cops are offering may or may not hold up in court. It’s true that Moore admitted to being the last person to leave the mosque before the fire was detected, but said he saw no evidence of smoke or flames. Investigators found clothes and a backpack matching those worn by the person seen leaving the area on surveillance videos, but since Moore already said he was there, that’s not a surprise. They found a container of lighter fluid – part of a two pack – at his home which matched a container found at the scene of the fire, but I suppose it’s possible that’s just a coincidence.

What’s even more telling (and seemingly common when we cover incidents surrounding mosques in America) is that the local Muslim leadership seems curiously unaware of the man’s identity.

MJ Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, which operates the mosque, said he was unfamiliar with Moore. “We are just looking into it ourselves,” he said Wednesday morning after learning of the arrest.

“We are really very surprised and saddened by this whole thing,” said Khan.

Funny how they don’t seem to know who Moore is. By his own admission he was not only there for prayer services on the day of the fire, but had been attending such services there five times per day for the last five years. Even if he missed the odd trip for reasons of illness or inclement weather, that’s more than 9,000 trips to the mosque. And looking at the photos of the strip mall mosque, it’s not that big of a space. How is it that nobody notices a guy who is practically living there for five years?

Curiouser and curiouser, as Alice once said from the other side of the looking glass. If Mr. Moore winds up being the guilty party, what explains his actions? If this wasn’t a fake hate crime, I suppose he might have had some sort of beef with the leadership or others in the community, but we won’t know until the investigation is complete. I’m sure there will be more details to come on this one, so stay tuned.


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Reichstag Mosque fire, undoubtedly.

TimeOnTarget on December 31, 2015 at 12:04 PM

Why don’t you change my litter box, instead of dropping a deuce on a perfectly good thread?

nonpartisans tabbycat on December 31, 2015 at 12:01 PM

Head over to Junior’s and ask for Gus and tell him I said hello. All your drinks will be on me.

HonestLib on December 31, 2015 at 12:05 PM

The evidence is right there in the mugshot. He has a telltale bruise on the center-top of his forehead, as a result of his strict ritual of praying at the scene of the crime five times daily for several years.

They know him, alright. What is yet to be determined is whether they or their co-religionists put him up to it.

Christien on December 31, 2015 at 12:15 PM

this is the type of news story Jazz loves…when a minority is revealed to be the deviant and Jazz gets to bash minorities without overtly doing so

nonpartisan on December 31, 2015 at 8:38 AM

Pointing out someone’s race is racist. Except when that race is white.

[sarcasm:]it would be even more wonderful if everyone was blue eyed and blonde!

nonpartisan on December 31, 2015 at 8:40 AM

Nonpartisan hates her own race. What have you got against white people, nonpartisan? What’s it like to be a racist? It appears you enjoy it.

Nomennovum on December 31, 2015 at 12:16 PM

I’ll think of you when I’m popping bottles with the models in Time Square later tonight…

nonpartisan on December 31, 2015 at 9:49 AM

Thai models from Bangcock.

RickB on December 31, 2015 at 12:18 PM

They know him, alright. What is yet to be determined is whether they or their co-religionists put him up to it.

Christien on December 31, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Here’s the thing: if they won’t give up one of their own after he torched their own mosque, how can we expect them to give up their own when they’re out murdering the infidels?

Rebar on December 31, 2015 at 12:19 PM

Head over to Junior’s and ask for Gus and tell him I said hello. All your drinks will be on me.
HonestLib on December 31, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Thanks. Very kind of you, but I already keep a few bottles hidden around here (like in the stove and laundry hamper, which he never touches) just to dull the pain of living with such an idiot. I’d already blow more than twice the legal limit before I even got there.

Nonpartisan hates her own race. What have you got against white people, nonpartisan? What’s it like to be a racist? It appears you enjoy it.

He just enjoys the attention. Like his Harvard Law degree and supermodel girlfriend in “Time Square,” it’s all fake.

nonpartisans tabbycat on December 31, 2015 at 12:24 PM

Here’s the thing: if they won’t give up one of their own after he torched their own mosque, how can we expect them to give up their own when they’re out murdering the infidels?

Rebar on December 31, 2015 at 12:19 PM

Nail, meet hammer…..

dentarthurdent on December 31, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Rebar on December 31, 2015 at 12:19 PM

Good point. Also, consider the possibility that the arson itself was a cover-up of something bigger, similar to torching a getaway car. Of course, it could always be just a disgruntled worshiper scenario.

Christien on December 31, 2015 at 12:26 PM

Darn sock…

2Tru2Tru on December 31, 2015 at 12:28 PM

Good point. Also, consider the possibility that the arson itself was a cover-up of something bigger, similar to torching a getaway car. Of course, it could always be just a disgruntled worshiper scenario.

Christien on December 31, 2015 at 12:26 PM

I actually think it was just like every other “racial hate crime” at the colleges and other places – like what Rachel Dolezal pulled multiple times – a pure hoax by the supposed victim designed to get sympathy and race hate crime victim status to use against all of us racist infidels.

dentarthurdent on December 31, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Human, is a race.

Black is ethnicity. Or, more correctly, an environmental adaptation withing a race.

cozmo on December 31, 2015 at 11:58 AM

Mostly, you are wrong. In certain respects, though, black is both. As Westerners became more and more uncomfortable with the term race, they have chosen to use replacement words, like “ethnicity,” or to assert (contra their lying eyes) that race doesn’t exist.

In any event, we have an issue with definitions. Nevertheless, with regard to humans, few people use race as a synonym for species, as you do. And “environmental adaption” is only a part of explanation of ethnicity and race. There are plenty of examples of different races occupying very similar environmental conditions. The more correct view of the accounting for racial differences is simply dispersion followed by evolution. When species separate, they tend to change (and not just outward appearances) from each other — for myriad reasons, one of which is environmental. Eventually, they become separate species. You see this with other animals. Why wouldn’t you with man?

Nomennovum on December 31, 2015 at 12:39 PM

I live and breathe the Race Card. It’s all I’ve got.

nonintelligent on December 31, 2015 at 8:38 AM

F-IXED.

Del Dolemonte on December 31, 2015 at 12:45 PM

since when did facts get in the way of liberal media wanting/needing to smear republicans? They will use this incident to blame the right for it happening without mentioning the perp was black or a muslim…

soapyjeans on December 31, 2015 at 12:45 PM

dentarthurdent on December 31, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Probably, and I think there might be a different angle, too. Namely, conflicting jihadi timetables. Of course, using the cover of Christmas Day is a predictable head-fake, but one thing is for certain–the probability that they weren’t familiar with him is about as likely as Obama attending Rev. Wright’s church for 20 years but not being familiar with his hateful rhetoric.

Christien on December 31, 2015 at 12:47 PM

can truth be slander?

nonintelligent on December 31, 2015 at 9:17 AM

Every time we tell the Truth about Bill and Hillary Clinton, you Clinton Fluffers call it slander, so yes…

F-

Del Dolemonte on December 31, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Leaving aside for a moment the idiocy of nonpartisan claiming I love stories where minorities are the alleged culprits (though there’s no indication of the ethnicity of the accused in the story)

seriously jazz? there’s no indication of the accused ethnicity?

the pic you posted for the story must not be at all related to the accused then…

nonpartisan on December 31, 2015 at 10:02 AM

eth·nic
[ˈeTHnik]
ADJECTIVE

of or relating to a population subgroup (within a larger or dominant national or cultural group) with a common national or cultural tradition:
“leaders of ethnic communities”

Harvard law really?

Idahoguy on December 31, 2015 at 12:57 PM

…just for nonp…

The Will to Outrage


There is no racist like an antiracist: That is because he is obsessed by race, whose actual existence as often as not he denies. He looks at the world through race-tinted spectacles, interprets every event or social phenomenon as a manifestation of racism either implicit or explicit, and in general has the soul of a born inquisitor.

http://takimag.com/article/the_will_to_outrage_theodore_dalrymple#axzz3vqZvv8IS

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 31, 2015 at 1:02 PM

god, that sounds pathetic.

I’ll think of you when I’m popping bottles with the models in Time Square later tonight…

nonpartisanTommy Flanagan on December 31, 2015 at 9:49 AM

You’ll be thinking about the people posting comments on a website? And Walter L. Newton sounds pathetic?

BobM88 on December 31, 2015 at 1:06 PM

god, that sounds pathetic.

I’ll think of you when I’m popping bottles with the models in Time Square later tonight…

nonintelligent on December 31, 2015 at 9:49 AM

Jerry Seinfeld will meet you at the old meat packing plant at 8:30. Be sure to bring that old shriveled up photo of your dead fiancee with you so they will let you in!

F-

Del Dolemonte on December 31, 2015 at 1:32 PM

Might be wrong but, based on the picture, the guy is Egyptian and that the name given is not the only name he goes by…but I might be wrong.

virgo on December 31, 2015 at 1:38 PM

Don’t “Arab” Muslims look down their nose at “African” Muslims?

Mark was here on December 31, 2015 at 2:03 PM

I’m sure there will be more details to come on this one, so stay tuned.

This is Jazz being sarcastic. This will be quickly forgotten as it doesn’t fit the desired narrative.

TarheelBen on December 31, 2015 at 2:18 PM

I’m sure they would recognize his Azz since they all line up Nose to Azz,dogs know other dogs from the smell of Thier Butts.

IXXINY on December 31, 2015 at 2:37 PM

That is absolutely an African-American converted to Islam in one of America’s finest correctional facilities.

IXXINY on December 31, 2015 at 2:40 PM

Always doubt such crimes claimed as hate crimes unless there is video or an unimpeachable witness to support the claim of hate.

CWforFreedom on December 31, 2015 at 2:55 PM

I’m sorry, I prefer my ethnic cuisine authentic. Unlike some of the uncultured rednecks on this site, I can’t subsist on burgers and fries alone.
nonpartisan on December 31, 2015 at 8:52 AM

Translation:
“I can’t cook.”

anuts on December 31, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Of course the Peaceful lying sleeper Muslims at the mosque have zero information to provide.

There is probably weapons and beheading videos under their seats but they just never knew it was there because they are Peaceful liar Muslims.

SpongePuppy on December 31, 2015 at 3:41 PM

Gawd these Muslims are the ugliest freaks. Ugly inside and outside.

SpongePuppy on December 31, 2015 at 3:45 PM

Homeboy’s got a bit of a Tony Todd thing going. (See: Worf’s brother Kern and the dude in Candyman)

Sacramento on December 31, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Gawd these Muslims are the ugliest freaks. Ugly inside and outside.

SpongePuppy on December 31, 2015 at 3:45 PM

What do you expect from a guy with pubic hair for a beard?

tbear44 on December 31, 2015 at 7:59 PM

Are there any white mooslims?

Just wondering.

JackM on December 31, 2015 at 8:02 PM

Oh yeah, I just remembered, Cat Stevens.

I think his mooslim name is Yaboob Bagaboob, or something like that.

JackM on December 31, 2015 at 8:04 PM

I think Cat Stevens now makes a living singing verses from the Koran and killing people with acoustic guitars.

I’m not sure of that, but I think he does.

JackM on December 31, 2015 at 8:12 PM

Despite bing very devout and praying 5 times a day 7 days a week, they didn’t appreciate him so much when he came out as gay, so he had to defend his honor and manhood using the only means available to a retarded gay black Muslim man of Peace?

Kenosha Kid on December 31, 2015 at 8:40 PM

“By his own admission he was not only there for prayer services on the day of the fire, but had been attending such services there five times per day for the last five years.”

Five times a day! No wonder they’re all on welfare, there’s no time to do anything else!

ncjetsfan on January 1, 2016 at 5:11 AM

I’m not a sock…I’m so sick of being accused of being one.

nonpartisan on December 31, 2015 at 9:16 AM

You remind me more of someone’s discarded soiled underwear.

MsYoung on January 1, 2016 at 5:29 AM

Gawd these Muslims are the ugliest freaks. Ugly inside and outside.

SpongePuppy on December 31, 2015 at 3:45 PM

Not to worry, “Civil”Discourse is busy trying to find a picture of the guy when he was was a cute five year old playing Baby Jesus in the kindergarten pageant and to prove it wasn’t him.

F X Muldoon on January 1, 2016 at 6:36 AM

I’m so sick of being accused of being one.

nonpartisan on December 31, 2015 at 9:16 AM

Sock, I feel so bad.

Also, #questionhatecrimes #fakedhatecrimesarethenorm

CWforFreedom on January 1, 2016 at 9:23 AM

I’m sorry, I prefer my ethnic cuisine authentic. Unlike some of the uncultured rednecks on this site, I can’t subsist on burgers and fries alone.

nonpartisan on December 31, 2015 at 8:52 AM

#socktalk

CWforFreedom on January 1, 2016 at 9:25 AM

Slightly off topic, but as one of my New Year’s resolutions, I am going to attempt to get the media to refer to Palestinian Islamic terrorist attacks on Israel and Jews including the phrase Islamic, Muslim or jihadist.

I think the media has played into a false narrative far too long.

You can’t fight an enemy you won’t name. Hotair-feel free to use Islamic or Muslim in any stories about Palestinians attacking Israel. Anyone that comments on other sites that thinks this is a worthy goal, feel free to participate.

talkingpoints on January 1, 2016 at 10:03 AM

I think the media has played into a false narrative far too long.

Good luck, but you have to remember that to the media, the enemy is the Jews and Israel.

F X Muldoon on January 1, 2016 at 10:28 AM

“unlikely suspect”
My foot. Most of these crimes are put-up jobs by the “victims” themselves, faking that their political enemies – white men – are out to get them.

RedBaker on January 1, 2016 at 11:28 AM

The guy looks like a normal liberal to me.

JackM on January 1, 2016 at 1:15 PM

No doubt the perp was voted “Most Likely to Keep to Himself” in high school…

DeepWheat on January 1, 2016 at 2:22 PM

So, we learn a bit more. His other name is “Jamal”. They found matching incendiary fluid in his home and at the mosque. He was the last person out of the mosque when the fire occurred.

So where was he born, really? And is that how mosques work? You just hang around and the last person locks up – no custodian or anything?

So, probably, he did not go to the mosque all that time, the regulars didn’t know him.

As a false flag provocation, it was likely inspired from outsiders with no investment in that place.

So his friends, family and associates all have to be questioned to find out who initiated this plot. And we need to find out who he is really.

virgo on January 2, 2016 at 2:26 AM

In the 24 hour cacophony of news in every public place and, of course, on the Interwebs: I see very little followup coverage of this.
Indeed: none. Except here.
How conveeeenient. Let some Muslim get shortchanged 35 cents at a grocery store however, and it’s the Hate Crime of The Week on MSNBC.

“News that doesn’t fit The Narrative isn’t really news, Comrade Citizen. Nothing to see, here. Return to your huts.”

orangemtl on January 2, 2016 at 11:21 AM

Why are “hate crimes” worse than regular crimes? If I despise someone for any reason and commit a crime against them, isn’t having the motive of “I hated him and the horse/camel/beast-of-burden he rode in on,” better than just wanting his money or iPhone? There are motives, and then there are MOTIVES. Wouldn’t committing a crime against someone for no good reason at all be the worst?

It’s often said the perfect murder would be to kill a random stranger with whom one had no connection at all, because there would be no motive, and your lives would have never intersected before at all. No friendship, work relationship, shared organizations, nothing. But if one committed such a heinous act, it would be considered not as bad as if I hated his religion, race, ethnicity, choice of muscle cars, whatever.

Makes no sense.

JamesS on January 2, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Hate crimes are only applicable if the perpetrator is white or of Caucasian descent. For example, it is not possible for a black to commit a hate crime because they are oppressed, even if the victim is black. As we see in Baltimore you can lose that immunity by serving on the same police force as Whites, so even black officers were charged in that case. Also, as in this case, an Islamic arsonist cannot be charged with a religiously inspired hate crime because he attacked his own mosque. Now, if he had burned a Catholic church then, due to his immune status, would be charged with a lesser offense.

If you think this is BS, that’s because lazy, stunted, intellectually challenged politicians were allowed to pollute the legal system with this institutional reverse-racism. The gay lobby was significantly behind this idea, not thinking it through, as usual, since most activist gays are white of European descent and are now victims to the thuggery-pass they promoted under the hate-crime mantle. Open-season on whitey means them too!

Slightly off the terrorism topic, but since it was mentioned above, I thought it worth noting that the non-white arsonist is extremely unlikely to be charged with any hate crime, even though he could have murdered many of minority (protected) religious status.

virgo on January 3, 2016 at 3:56 PM

Equal opportunity religion

Muslims execute both male and female rape victims!

talkingpoints on January 3, 2016 at 7:19 PM

mmmm…bacon!

Galtian on January 4, 2016 at 1:26 PM

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