Cody Crawford, a self-proclaimed “Christian Warrior”, has been charged with setting the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center mosque in Corvallis, Oregon on fire. It appears to be a deliberate attack by an anti-muslim fanatic as revenge for the nearby Portland ‘terror attacks’.
The Corvallis mosque was frequented by Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the 19 year-old caught up in a plot to bomb a Christmas tree in Portland. This event was actually a fake terror plot orchestrated by the FBI, and was never going to happen, so it seems Crawford had decided it was time for a real one.
Fortunately nobody was hurt in the fire, and fire crews were able to limit the damage to the mosque’s office. A flashlight found near the mosque on the morning of the firebombing led Police to Crawford after they found his DNA on it. It turns out that he lived just a block from the mosque.
This wasn’t the first run-in Crawford had with the police, with past crimes including assault, drug dealing, burglary, criminal trespassing, and a host of other crimes such as breaking a window while in jail, and throwing a cup of urine at a policeman. He is known to police as being a bi-polar alcoholic, who has claimed to them he works for the CIA, and his relatives have expressed worry about his behavior in the past and claimed he was “delusional”.
Crawford gave the police a glimpse into his unstable mind by launching a verbal attack on one of his arresting officers, Officer Macartney “You look like Obama. You are a Muslim like him. Jihad goes both ways. Christians can jihad too.” He also went on to say he was “going to burn in hell with other muslims” and stated that he “could never be a Christian warrior” and “any time anyone fucked with a Christian warrior it would result in retribution.”
Two of the arresting detectives also received a good spray when he said “I don’t give a fuck what happens to people like you.” They then asked Crawford what type of person he was referring to and he responded, “Secret Muslims.” He later added “If you believe in jihad, you’re working for the wrong God,” and “You’re a jihadist. You are a jihadist.”, before indicating he thought there was a difference between muslims and jihadists with “Muslims are cool. Jihadists are not.”
Cody Crawford is currently incarcerated and awaiting trial after being indicted on charges of using fire to commit a felony and damaging religious property for racial reasons, which is a hate crime. If he is convicted on both counts, Crawford faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, and a maximum sentence of 30 years.