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Seattle Police arrest man suspected of attempting to burn down gay club

Seattle, WA — Seattle Police on Saturday arrested a man they suspect of attempting to burn down a gay nightclub on New Year's Eve.

More than 700 people were celebrating on January 1 when a man poured gasoline over a staircase inside Neighbours, a local gay bar, and lit it on fire.

Seattle Police said they arrested 30-year-old Musab Mohamed Masmari on Saturday as he made his way to the airport.

According to King 5, Masmari has been interviewed by detectives and booked into the King County Jail.

Capitol Hill Seattle reported that Masmari's Facebook profile lists Benghazi, Libya as his hometown and that he has held a U.S. passport since at least 2010.

The outlet added that Masmari could be the man shown in grainy black and white security footage lugging what appears to be a large plastic container with a handle.

Masmari has a history of run ins with the law and was scheduled to appear in court Monday in connection with an unrelated assault charge.
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