The Latest: Father of suspected mosque arsonist speaks out

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Posted: Dec 12, 2015 9:38 PM
The Latest: Father of suspected mosque arsonist speaks out

COACHELLA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the fire at a Southern California mosque (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

The father of a 23-year-old man who has been arrested on suspicion of setting fire to a Southern California mosque says his son should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

Riverside County sheriff's officials announced Saturday that Carl James Dial Jr. of Palm Desert is being investigated for several felony charges, including commission of a hate crime, arson, maliciously setting a fire and burglary.

Booking records show he is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail

His father, John Dial, said in a telephone interview that his son should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

The fire, reported just after noon Friday at the Islamic Center of Palm Springs, damaged the front lobby. No one was injured.

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3:55 p.m.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of starting a fire Friday afternoon at a Southern California mosque.

Riverside County sheriff's Capt. Andrew Shouse said Saturday that Carl James Dial Jr. of Palm Desert could face felony charges including arson, hate crime and burglary.

Dial was taken into custody Friday night. Booking records show he is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Flames were reported just after noon Friday at the Islamic Center of Palm Springs. The fire was contained to the small building's front lobby, and no one was injured.

Late Friday, the sheriff's department released a statement calling the blaze "an intentional act." Authorities provided no details on how the fire was set.

It wasn't immediately known if Dial has a lawyer.