Federal agents have arrested the brother of the owner of a Vancouver, restaurant that was destroyed in a fire that was made to look like...

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VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Vancouver restaurant owner’s brother was arrested by federal agents for allegedly setting fire to the restaurant and making it look like a hate crime.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Seattle announced that agents took 30-year-old Ibrahim Jouzin into custody in Portland Tuesday on a count of arson and for aiding and abetting arson.

Jouzin, an Israeli, is the brother of Jimi Jouzine, whose restaurant, the Galilee Cafe in Fisher’s Landing, was destroyed by fire Dec. 5. Court records didn’t explain why the brothers spell their last names differently.

After the blaze, firefighters found the letters “KKK” painted throughout the kitchen and two murals in the dining room also defaced, one saying “Die Arab scum.”

Two men were arrested nearby shortly after the fire broke out. Joshua C. McClelland, of Portland and Andrew M. Morrow, of Vancouver, were indicted by a federal grand jury on arson charges and are scheduled to go to trial July 2. Jouzin’s relationship, if any, to the pair is unknown.