Miami Beach Police have arrested an elderly man who they say was threatening to burn down his Jewish neighbor's condominium.
Officers arrested 72-year-old Walter Stopler on Thursday.
1/2 - MBPD has arrested 72yr old, Walter Stolper. Stolper is charged w/ 1st Degree Attempted Arson after dumping several gasoline filled containers down a trash chute. His motivation appears to be triggered by an upcoming eviction and anger towards Jewish neighbors. pic.twitter.com/WsvRSRzCaT— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) July 13, 2018
He is now facing a charge of first-degree attempted arson.
Miami Beach Police said they received a tip that a man, later identified as Stopler, was planing on burning down a building.
Investigators said Stopler had two containers of gas with him when they arrested him in the apartment complex's parking garage. According to authorities, the man had already dumped several other containers of gas down a trash chute in the building.
Detectives believe Stopler was motivated by an upcoming eviction and anger towards his Jewish neighbors.