Man Charged With Hate Crime in Connection With Coachella, California, Mosque Fire


A 23-year-old man was arrested late Friday and is charged with a hate crime in connection with a mosque fire in Southern California that authorities said was set intentionally.
Carl James Dial, of Palm Desert, is charged with five felonies, including arson and commission of a hate crime, after a fire was set Friday at the Islamic Society of Coachella Valley, the Riverside County Sheriff Department said.
Dial is being held on $150,000 bail at the Riverside County Jail and is due in court on Wednesday morning, according to jail records.
The FBI was involved in the investigation of the fire, which was set at about noon Friday, according to a joint statement from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the Coachella Police Department.
“Anytime there is a concern that a house of worship may have been targeted, we would respond and have an investigative interest in cause and whether or not deliberate,” an FBI spokesperson told NBC News Friday.
The mosque is about 75 miles away from the site of the mass shooting in San Bernardino , California, on Dec. 2.


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