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This undated photo provided by the Cape Girardeau, Mo., Police Department shows Nicholas Proffitt.  Proffitt of Cape Girardeau is now facing a federal hate crime charge for a fire that destroyed the Islamic center in the southeast Missouri town of Cape Girardeau in April. Proffitt was previously charged with a state hate crime. (Cape Girardeau Police Department via AP)

Federal hate crime charge in Missouri Islamic center fire

May. 12, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A man accused of setting a fire that destroyed an Islamic center in southeast Missouri has been charged with a federal hate crime, the U.S. Attorney’s office in St. Louis said Tuesday. A federal grand jury indicted 42-year-old Nicholas J. Proffitt in the April fire that...

This undated photo provided by the Cape Girardeau, Mo., Police Department shows Nicholas Proffitt. Prosecutors have charged the 42-year-old man accused of setting fire to a Missouri mosque last week with a hate crime and other counts. Proffitt, who spent time in prison for defacing the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau more than a decade ago, was due to appear in federal court Thursday, APril 30, 2020, for an initial appearance on a charge of maliciously damaging a buildings by means of fire in last week's attack. (Cape Girardeau Police Department via AP)

Man charged with hate crime over fire set at Missouri mosque

Apr. 30, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a 42-year-old man accused of setting fire to a Missouri mosque last week with a hate crime and other counts. Nicholas Proffitt, who spent time in prison for defacing the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau more than a decade ago, was due to appear in federal court...

This Friday, April 24, 2020 photo shows damage to the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau, Mo. after a fire.   The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone connected to a fire that badly damaged the center in southeast Missouri.  Fire broke out early Friday at the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau. About 12 to 15 people were evacuated and escaped injury.  (Jacob Wiegand/The Southeast Missourian via AP)

Arrest made in fire that damaged Missouri Islamic center

Apr. 28, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Missouri man with a history of vandalizing mosques for a fire that badly damaged an Islamic center. Police said in a news release that Nicholas Proffitt was arrested Monday night for the Friday fire at the Islamic Center of Cape...

This Friday, April 24, 2020 photo shows damage to the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau, Mo. after a fire.   The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone connected to a fire that badly damaged the center in southeast Missouri.  Fire broke out early Friday at the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau. About 12 to 15 people were evacuated and escaped injury.  (Jacob Wiegand/The Southeast Missourian via AP)

FBI investigates fire that damaged Missouri Islamic center

Apr. 25, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone connected to a fire that badly damaged an Islamic center in southeastern Missouri and that coincided with the start of a holy month for Muslims. Richard Quinn, the special agent in charge of the...