Police stress the man is not considered a suspect or person of interest, and detectives want to determine his whereabouts during Wednesday's fire.
Police plan to question a man convicted of torching a Bellevue mosque last year as they investigate Wednesday’s fire at the same building.
The cause of the fire at the Islamic Center of Eastside is unknown and police stress the man, Isaac Wayne Wilson, is not considered a suspect or person of interest. Bellevue police spokesman Seth Tyler said detectives want to determine Wilson’s whereabouts during Wednesday’s fire as they continue their investigation into the cause of the fire.
Wilson was released from prison on March 6 after he was convicted of first-degree reckless burning in the January 2017 arson at the mosque. He was picked up Thursday on a warrant after he failed to meet with his community corrections, or probation, officer, Tyler said.
The fire was reported around 4:30 p.m. in the 14700 block of Main Street at the Islamic Center of Eastside. The building had not reopened since it was damaged in last year’s blaze and did not have gas or electricity, police said.
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Police said there have been reports of homeless people squatting in the building.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the FBI are aiding in the investigation.
Police are asking anyone with video of the fire to contact the Bellevue Police Department at PDTipline@bellevuewa.gov because, Tyler said, it is not uncommon for people who start fires to stick around and watch them.
In addition, anyone with information on how the fire started is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or to make an online tip by going to www.crimestoppers.com.
Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest and charges or grand-jury indictment of a felony offender.