Florida Man Attempts to Burn Down Store Owned by Indian Americans

According police, however, the shop owners were of Indian descent.

The intended target was the Met Mart store at 100 Prima Vista Blvd.in Port St. Lucie.

Authorities charged Lloyd with first-degree arson, CNN reported.

It has been revealed that the 64-year old Richard Lloyd is the man who tried burning the Indian store mistaking it to be Arabs.

The confrontation had been brewing for several days, police say, after Lloyd came into the store earlier in the week and got mad because they didn't sell his favorite kind of orange juice.

Richard Lloyd was arrested for allegedly attempting to burn down a convenience store. The state attorney's office will look into whether the Friday fire should be investigated as an intentional hate crime.

Lloyd told investigators that he made a decision to try and burn down the Met Mart because he was angry about what followers of Islam "are doing in the Middle East", adding he thought the store owners were Muslim.

Mascara further informed that when deputies arrived Friday morning and found the fire, a man in front of the store put his hands behind his back and told officers to "take me away".

Through an official press release, the Florida Police Department stated that specialists would evaluate the mental condition of Mr. Lloyd. He was reportedly angry of "what they are doing in the Middle East", Mascara said.

"We will not tolerate violence based on age, race, colour, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, homeless status, mental or physical disability".

In late February, two men from India working as engineers at Garmin were shot, one fatally, at a bar in a Kansas City suburb.

Most recently, a Seattle-area Sikh man was shot in the arm on March 3 as he worked on a auto in his driveway, police said.

Another Indian, Harnish Patel, was killed in SC last week, but the killing was not identified as a hate crime.

  • Rogelio Becker