Two weeks ago, we told you about how a fire that destroyed a building in Houston’s Quba Islamic Institute was likely the result of arson. Sure enough, authorities arrested Darryl Ferguson, a 55-year-old homeless man for setting the fire. According to KHOU 11 News, police say Ferguson made anti-Muslim comments to a local store clerk. That means he could be charged with a hate crime. But Quba’s leadership has declined to pursue charges against Ferguson. Here’s assistant imam Ahsan Zahid’s explanation:
According to the Houston Chronicle, Ferguson is being held without bond. If convicted of first-degree arson, he faces life in prison–which the Quba Islamic Institute opposes.