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DeKalb County man charged with hate crime in Ohio mosque fire

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Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 7:12 am

PERRYSBURG, Ohio — Federal prosecutors say they've filed hate-crimes charges against an Indiana man suspected of starting a fire that damaged a landmark mosque in northwest Ohio.

They said Friday that charges filed in U.S. District Court in Toledo allege Randolph Linn of St. Joe intentionally damaged property because of its religious character and used fire and explosives to commit a felony.

Authorities say they found a plastic gas can in the middle of the prayer room damaged by the Sunday blaze at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo.

They say a woman who identified the 52-year-old Linn on surveillance video told authorities he'd recently made anti-Muslim comments referencing an anti-Islam video and recent attacks on U.S. embassies.

The public defender for Linn's local court case wasn't available for comment Friday.