TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) - The FBI has arrested a man who allegedly
drove his truck into a mosque near the Florida State University campus
earlier this week.
Charles Franklin, a 41-year-old carpenter, hasn't been charged with a
federal crime but was arrested Wednesday based on "probable cause," FBI
Special Agent Bill Hurlburt told the Tallahassee Democrat.
Franklin is being held in the Leon County Jail and is expected to appear
in federal court this week. City police said Franklin told officers he
intentionally drove his pickup truck into the Islamic Center of Tallahassee
because he hates Muslims, who should all leave the country.
"There's a federal interest in this matter ... a civil rights interest,"
After the crash, Franklin walked to a nearby bar, where he was arrested
by police on state charges of burglary and criminal mischief.
The Democrat said that after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Franklin
wrote the paper a letter that read "the violence must end, but American
flower power will not soften the hearts of militant Muslims.
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"Until all of Abraham's descendants learn to live as brothers in the
land that they all cherish, the hawk will continue to circle and the dove
will be put to flight," he wrote.