Miami Beach Man Arrested After Attempting To Burn Down Neighbor's Condo

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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. 

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.

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