After apprehending the New Yorker who constructed Molotov cocktails out of Starbucks Frappucino bottles and used them to attack Hindu and Muslim places of worship, a bodega, and a priate residence yesterday, the NYPD extracted a confession from the Frap-otov bomber. He's not a huge bigot, just a minor one with a really strong sense of vengeance, the New York Post reports:
During a fiery rampage that stretched from 8 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., the alleged firebomber, Ray Lazier Lengend, got back at a Jamaica Islamic center for not letting him use the bathroom, settled two personal beefs, and took out his frustration on a deli owner who caught him shoplifting.
But a fifth target was a mistake. Lengend, 40 and unemployed, had the wrong address for a crack dealer he was allegedly after.
Because he allegedly made "anti-Muslim statements" about the Islamic center, Lengend faces one count of arson as a hate crime. He also faces four counts of regular arson and five counts of possessing an explosive. So, still pretty hateful! Just not in the precise way we anticipated. Still ripe for a Don DeLillo novel, though. [NYPost]