Police seek man charged with arson in Minneapolis mosque fire

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Fire damage is seen at Masjid Al Rahma mosque on Tuesday in Minneapolis.
Kerem Yücel | MPR News file

A Minneapolis man remains at large after being charged with arson in connection to a fire Monday night at a city mosque.

Prosecutors say Jackie Rahm Little, 36, allegedly set the fire at Masjid Al Rahma mosque and community center — also known as Mercy Center — at 27th Street and Bloomington Avenue in south Minneapolis.

Authorities working to locate and arrest Little say they are trying to determine if that fire is connected to a second suspected arson on Sunday at a mosque in the 24 Mall, a few minutes’ drive from Masjid Al Rahma.

The criminal complaint filed in connection with the Monday fire alleges that surveillance video shows Little entering the mosque and community center carrying a bag containing a gasoline can. Soon after, people in the building discovered a fire in a third-floor hallway.

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The building was evacuated; there were no reports of injuries.

The complaint says there’s also video footage of Little buying a gas can and filling it with gas at a nearby business on the day of the fire; it does not indicate a possible motive.

Sunday’s fire happened at the Masjid Omar Islamic Center, located on the second floor of the 24 Mall in south Minneapolis.

Worshippers noticed a fire in a bathroom, not long after video showed a masked man entering the building with a large paper bag. Less than 10 minutes after entering, the man was seen running out of the building without the bag.

Worshippers put out that fire; no injuries were reported.