A 64-year-old was arrested after he allegedly tried to set fire to a convenience store under the assumption that its owners were Muslims.
Richard Lloyd confessed that he wanted to "run the Arabs out of the country." To accomplish this, he pushed a dumpster in front of the store, and set it on fire.
Lloyd described his crime as a punitive action, saying that he wanted to punish the Arabs for what they were doing in the Middle East.
"It's unfortunate that Mr. Lloyd made the assumption that the store owners were Arabic when, in fact, they are of Indian descent," St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said.
Lloyd’s anger towards the owners exacerbated when he went to the store to buy a Tropicana juice, and found out the store did not have any. Lloyd wanted to feel that he was doing his part for America and thus tried to set the building ablaze.
The fire was extinguished quickly and did not cause much damage. When deputies arrived at the scene, a man put his hands behind his back and asked to be taken away.
Officials say that Lloyd’s mental health will be evaluated before any action is taken. He is currently being held at St. Lucie County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond.
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