According to his Facebook page, Musab Mohamed Masmari was from Benghazi and liked taking blurry photos of manhole covers and spiders. He put up a picture reading, “Praise Be to Allah. There is no god but Allah.”
Another post urged teaching little girls to “love” the Hijab. In November, he put up the message,
Terrorism is the robbery of my land.
And the torture of my mother.
The imprisonment of my innocent father.
The bullet in my baby brother.
So American, don’t tell me you know about
the things I feel and see.
I’m terrorized in my own land
and im the terrorist ?
According to the police, Musab Mohamed Masmari tried to torch a crowded gay bar.
It was just after midnight on New Year’s Eve while nearly 700 people crammed into Neighbours for a celebration when customers noticed the staircase at the iconic gay club was on fire.
Management at the iconic gay club in Capitol Hill later discovered a gasoline container near the stairs.
Neighbours released surveillance video that police believe shows Masmari as he walks into the club. The video was captured around the time of the countdown to midnight on New Year’s Eve. Masmari is carrying something in his hand.
The bar later found a container of gasoline at the top of a staircase. According to SPD, Masmari doused the staircase with fuel and set it on fire.
A woman who lived next door to Masmari for three years calls him erratic and violent. “We’re scared of him,” she said. “He yells and throws things.”
An erratic and violent Libyan Muslim? What are the odds. That could have been a horrifyingly gruesome mass murder.
Masmari had been in trouble with the law before. The question is why was he allowed to stay in the United States?
Masmari was scheduled to appear in court Monday for a hearing following his conviction and jail sentence on an assault charge stemming from an incident last summer. Municipal court officials told CHS the hearing was planned to discuss the probation office’s monitoring of Masmari while he received court-ordered mental health treatment.
Since the January 1st incident, several business owners in the north Broadway area told CHS they have had run-ins with the man.
Last April, Masmari put a cigarette out in a man’s cheek as he entered the Lookout bar, one employee told CHS. “He was trying to come in with a cigarette, and the guy just told him he couldn’t do that, so he put it out in his cheek,” said Stevie Gayle, who was bar tending at the Lookout that night.
It’s not like the warning signs weren’t there.