In yet another shocking incident of hate crime, an elderly man residing in Florida, United States tried to burn down a shop run by Indian-Americans thinking they were Muslims. St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara affirmed that the 64-year-old who tried to set the store ablaze admitted that he did try to burn the convenience store owned by the Indian-Americans under the assumptions that they were Arabs.
According to reports, the police officials pointed that the man had gone on to say that he only wanted to drive out the Arabs from his country. The man put a dumpster in front of the store and set the stuff on the fire.
He told the police officials that he did what he did because he thought the owner was a Muslim and that he was disturbed about the things “Arabs” were doing in the Middle East. The man has been booked with a bond of $30,00. “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 told a daily.
The security officials are trying to evaluate the mental of the man and trying to ascertain whether he is mentally sound.
This comes just days after a Sikh man suffered grave injuries after he was shot by an unidentified man. The man was allegedly attacked by a stranger when he was working outside his residence in the Kent city of the Washington state. The evident rise in the hate crimes in the US was highlighted after 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an engineer hailing from India and working at the Garmin headquarters in Olathe, was killed in a shootout while another Indian and his colleague Alok Madasani was critically injured and was battling for life at a local hospital.