A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime and arson in connection with a Southern California mosque fire, authorities said Saturday.
Carl James Dial Jr., of Palm Desert, was arrested late Friday and booked for investigation of commission of a hate crime, arson, maliciously setting a fire and burglary, according to a Riverside County sheriff's statement and jail records.
Dial was being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.
The police have not released a motive yet, but young man's father knows just who to blame:
"He was caught up in social media. Social media has produced people like my son, without person-to-person contact," the father said. "I believe he was lacking in social skills."
Yeah darn that social media for causing people to set mosques on fire.
Somehow I doubt that will work as much of a defense.