Man arrested on "hate crime" and arson charges in fire at Coachella Valley mosque
A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a hate crime and arson related to a fire Friday afternoon at a Coachella Valley mosque.
Carl Dial was arrested about 9 p.m. Friday and booked on five felony charges, including commission of a hate crime, arson, maliciously setting a fire and second-degree burglary, according to law enforcement sources and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department booking records.
The fire at the Islamic Society of the Coachella Valley mosque is one of several incidents over the past week that officials are investigating as possible backlashes to the San Bernardino terrorist shootings. Authorities believe the attackers were self-radicalized Islamic extremists.
Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit, who visited the mosque Friday night, said he was alarmed that it may have been targeted.