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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-200

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 15, 2017
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Arson At Mosque

    The suspect was able to successfully ignite the large ignitable liquid accelerant container which in turn caused damage to the Mosque.
    • Friday
    • February 24, 2017
    • Time: 2:00 AM
    • The Islamic Society of New Tampa
    • 15830 Morris Bridge Road
    • Tampa, Florida


    • Male

    Surveillance Video:


    On February 24, 2017, at approximately 2:00 am, surveillance video captured a male subject enter the property of The Islamic Society of New Tampa located at 15830 Morris Bridge Road on foot. The subject was carrying a large container and rope The subject moved to an exterior entry door located on the northeast side of the Mosque. The subject fashioned the rope as a trailer to the large container. He was seen attempting to ignite a rope sprayed with an ignitable liquid accelerant. After the rope failed to sustain fire, the subject poured a trail of what appeared to be an ignitable liquid accelerant on the sidewalk and successfully ignited the sidewalk. The fire failed to effectively ignite the large container. The subject then moved out of view of the camera and was able to successfully ignite the large ignitable liquid accelerant container which in turn caused damage to the Mosque. Upon igniting the fire, the subject fled toward Morris Bridge Road undetected. Laboratory results confirmed gasoline was present at the fire scene.

    Anyone with any information reference the suspect is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of this suspect and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or send a mobile tip using our P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.
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