(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Portland officials investigating the Corvallis, Ore., mosque arson have searched the home of a suspect, the Willamette Week reported Friday. The arson is believed to have been retaliation after 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud was arrested for attempting to set off explosives at the local Christmas tree-lighting ceremony last week. Mohamud occasionally worshiped at the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center.
On Nov. 28, someone broke an office window at the mosque, and threw a flammable liquid into the building. In investigating the crime, police searched the nearby home of 24-year-old Cody S. Crawford on Tuesday, according to the Willamette Week. Police seized computers, cameras, a Bic lighter, and empty propane bottles, among other items. They also took DNA swabs from Crawford's hands and mouth.
On the day of the arson, Crawford apparently told police that his flashlight had been stolen. His description of the blue Maglite pen light was identical to the one police found on the scene. Another clue that led police back to Crawford, according to the Willamette Week's reporting on the affidavit, was a red brick thrown into the Islamic Center that matched red bricks at Crawford's home.
Police did not arrest Crawford.
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