Police: fire at Muslim-owned lodge was not hate crime, owner charged with setting blaze

AP, Sep. 11, 2002

HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) A fire that damaged a Muslim-owned motel last summer was not a hate crime, police said Wednesday as a co-owner was accused of setting the blaze.

Mazhar Tabesh, 39, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated arson, said police Sgt. Jason Bradley.

Tabesh claimed the July 21 fire, which caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, was a hate crime and the FBI sent an agent who specializes in civil-rights cases to investigate.

”We are really scared because we are Muslim probably the only Muslims in area and we are the target,” Tabesh said at the time.

He said the blaze started in a room rented by a man who paid cash, showed no identification and was seen leaving with another man just after the fire started. He also claimed to have been receiving threatening calls that increased after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Vacation? Short break? Day trip? Get Skip-the-line tickets at GetYourGuide.


(Listed if other than Religion News Blog, or if not shown above)

Religion News Blog posted this on Thursday September 12, 2002.
Last updated if a date shows here:


More About This Subject



Our website includes affiliate links, which means we get a small commission -- at no additional cost to you -- for each qualifying purpose. For instance, as an Amazon Associate, Religion News Blog earns from qualifying purchases. That is one reason why we can provide this research service free of charge.

Speaking of which: One way in which you can support us — at no additional cost to you — is by shopping at Amazon.com.