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Bellevue police arrest teen in fire at vacant mosque

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Aerials of mosque fire on March 21, 2018 Aerials of mosque fire on March 21, 2018
BELLEVUE, Wash. -

 (AP) - Bellevue police say they've arrested a teenager they suspect of having started a fire at a vacant mosque.
  
The Islamic Center of Eastside was closed after having been previously damaged in a January 2017 arson. It was burned again on March 21, and police said traffic camera footage showed a group of five people running from the building moments before the fire.
  
The Bellevue Police Department said in a news release Thursday that school resource officers recognized them. Investigators located them on Tuesday and brought them in for questioning. One of the five, an 18-year-old, was identified as the primary suspect and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of first-degree arson.
  
Investigators say there is no indication the fire was a hate crime or bias-related.

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3/29/2018 10:20:58 AM (GMT -7:00)

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