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Seattle police make arrest in New Year’s Eve arson at gay nightclub

Saturday, February 1, 2014

SEATTLE — A 30-year-old man suspected of starting a fire at a crowded Seattle nightclub on New Year’s Eve has been arrested, police said Saturday.

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KOMO-TVNeighbors bar, Seattle.

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Neighbors bar, Seattle.

The man was found near Seattle heading to the airport, police said in a press release.

Seattle police Detective Mark Jamieson told The Associated Press that the man has been identified as Musab Mohamed Masmari. The detective didn’t provide further details.

Public records show Masmari has lived in Seattle for the past three years. No phone number was listed.

There were 750 people celebrating the holiday in the nightclub Neighbours when an arsonist poured gasoline on a carpeted stairway and set it ablaze. A U.S. Army staff sergeant and an Air Force member quickly put out the fire before it spread. The club’s sprinkler system activated, and no one was hurt.

Detectives from the Police Department’s arson/bomb squad, along with members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, have been investigating the case.

Police said they received tips from the public. They interviewed Masmari after the arrest and booked him into King County Jail on suspicion of arson. No other information has been released.

Developing story, updates as they become available.

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67 more reader comments:

  1. Good. Now do to him what he wanted to do to the people in the bar. Burn him.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:37am
  2. Burn baby burn...burn him to the stake...like Joan of Arc!

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:40am
  3. Pour gas over his pubic area and light him up!

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:18am
  4. No, David, burning him would be too easy. Lets nail him to a stake, and make him watch all gay couples getting married, and never come down from the stake until gay marriage is legalized in all states.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:02pm
  5. I read shit like this and I am not supposed to get depressed?

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:38am
  6. Burn that bitch alive!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:38am
  7. In an unrelated case, Musab Mohamed Masmari, 30, appeared in Seattle municipal court to be sentenced for assaulting a man on the north end of Broadway last July. This wasn’t Masmari’s first experience with law enforcement, court records show. Masmari faced several criminal charges in 2013, including another assault, property destruction, violation of an anti-harassment order, and obstructing a police officer. Still, on this particular Thursday, the court let Masmari leave on $5,000 bail, allowing him to join a work-release program and return for a 30-day jail term in February. Capitol Hill Seattle blog would report in the next week that Masmari’s work-release job was at a gas station. According to a Facebook page for Masmari, he is from Benghazi, Libya.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:39am
  8. That is the greatest news!at

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:40am
  9. (but this is supposed to be happening only in the Deep South…).

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:43am
  10. I’m sure this is religious based hatred.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:43am
  11. of course it is. One never hears of atheists doing this sort of thing. Ten to one the perp is a Christ Tard

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:44am
  12. He's a fucking Muslim!

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:11am
  13. If you'd have taken the time to READ the article you would have gathered as much ...

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:13am
  14. oooh like being a genocidal maniac who oppresses women and beheads gays is much better than being a brain dead science denying christ tard! Give me a break child and go back to your world of delusion. I have no time for religious sympathizers

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:35am
  15. You are lacking in all areas, dear. You don't know your ass from a hole in the ground. On second thought, your ass probably has a lot in common with a hole in the ground. Not unlike your head.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:53am
  16. Homophobe ??? xxx

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:47am
  17. Good!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:49am
  18. Send his hateful ass back to Libya.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:51am
  19. should be charged with attempted murder of every person in there

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:51am
  20. hope he gets attempted murder of every patron of that bar charged against him

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:53am
  21. Glad he was caught

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:56am
  22. Fantastic!!! I’m glad they finally caught him…

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:56am
  23. There is no such thing as ‘homophobia.’
    One can no more be afraid of a gay person for being gay,
    than one can be afraid of a straight person for being straight.
    No, there is not such thing as ‘homophobia.’

    It is pure, unadulterated hate. Simple as that: Bigotry.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:00am
  24. Good

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:21am
  25. Throw him in jail for life.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:26am
  26. So glad they caught the bastard!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:28am
  27. Fucking Muslims

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:44am
  28. no one hurt? just incredible. person apprehended? this is good news.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 5:28am
  29. String him up.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 7:04am
  30. Glad they got caught !

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 9:11am
  31. Is this guy a muslim? And when was someone automatically deemed guilty?? I find it very interesting how this works……….:-(

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 10:24am
  32. NOTICE HOW THEY MAKE IT A RED NEON LIGHT, AS THOUGH IT IS A PROSTITUTION DISTRICT???? HOW STUPID! BEING GAY/HOMOSEXUAL IS NOT PROSTITUTION YOU A-HOLES

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 11:20am
  33. fuck you!, children need love and care!
    not idiot heteros

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 11:25am
  34. Wait till Sharia law becomes protected in America

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:26pm
  35. Will justice be done?

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:47pm
  36. Throw the book at him!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:22pm
  37. Yet another Muslim terrorist? Life in prison with Dzhokhar the Muslim Boston marathon bomber so they can butt fu%k each other. Or better yet, send him back to Libya where he came from.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:28pm
  38. The DJ wouldn’t play his song.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:48pm
  39. I think str8 people should be punished or charged with child abuse. only str8 people give birth to homo sexual children…..

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:52pm
  40. I just.... I can't even with this comment. Way to generalize you ass. Hating on heterosexual people won't do us any justice.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 6:33pm
  41. it made you think about it and now its in your mind. I just want people to know we the homo sexual did not make the problems that say what rights go to who. so brought up the source of it all.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 8:47pm
  42. They need a law that makes it legal for the owner and employees to carry firearms and fire upon anyone who poses a threat to patrons’ lives.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:53pm
  43. Hence why we're trying to regulate guns in this country. But regardless, people will find a way to do stuff like this.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 6:30pm
  44. P.S. If you read my earlier comment on here, I don't count this as a stupid comment.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 6:35pm
  45. They should be charged with attempted murder

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:57pm
  46. Hate crime?

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:23pm
  47. If the man is guilty and sent to prison…. he’ll make some prisoners a nice girlfriend.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:28pm
  48. Please try not to be sexist. You're implying him to be a "prison bitch" and equating him to a woman, which is sexism at it's finest. Please analyse your thoughts before you write them.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 6:26pm
  49. You're correct. A prison bitch he may be. I stand corrected.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 7:10pm
  50. Another low life fanatic ,i suppose his sick god satan told him to do it ,

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:44pm
  51. Assuming he's satanic is very prejudice and offensive. I know some satanic people who are the coolest people I met. Just because a person is bad doesn't make him satanic. Just because a person is satanic doesn't make him bad. Think before you speak.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 6:28pm
  52. Let someone make him a man in jail!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:51pm
  53. Once again, sexism at its finest.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 6:31pm
  54. I’m guessing self-loathing.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:52pm
  55. Add me men

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 5:45pm
  56. Are you fucking kidding me? This isn't a dating site you twat.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 6:30pm
  57. He’s handsome. Will have a prison boyfriend in no time!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 6:03pm
  58. That's a little homophobic don't you think? Assuming that prison will make him gay.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 6:32pm
  59. Glad to see the culprit has been found. Can’t help, but wonder who he was trying to impress by committing this hate crime. Did he think someone was going to praise him for doing this? :(

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 6:20pm
  60. I’m going to respond to all the stupid comments as I see fit on here.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 6:25pm
  61. Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 7:07pm
  62. When did this happen I like it more details about this

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 7:38pm
  63. Someone need to put gas on him and light him on fire also. Make him feel as happy as his mother and father are of him!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 8:57pm
  64. Good. I hope they really put the screws to him!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 10:45pm
  65. I always find it deeply disturbing to hear people relish their dark fantasies of revenge. Prison rape is deplorable and not material for jokes nor an accepted form of punishment. “Light him on fire”???? Oh, you mean like the Russian celebrity who said all gays should be put into ovens?
    SMH

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 11:24pm
  66. Can we burn him at the stake in the town square? I will put the first match to the sticks.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 11:36pm
  67. Wow!

    Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:35am