King County Prosecutors have filed one count of Arson First Degree against Musab Musmari for attempting to set a fire in the Neighbors Nightclub on Broadway Avenue on New Year’s Eve. Prosecutors have asked for 1 million bail for Musmari based on his apparent attempt to leave the jurisdiction shortly after photos and video surveillance showed him as a possible suspect. He also was in possession of two different passports. His arraignment is set for 2/19 at 8:30am in Courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.
CHS reported on the most recent court proceedings here as a judge set Musmari’s bail at $1 million and it was revealed the suspect was arrested after authorities learned he was in possession of a one-way airline ticket to Turkey. The FBI also said its investigators were looking for evidence of a hate crime in the case.
According to court documents, Musmari purchased the airline ticket after being alerted to media coverage of the incident:
Earlier, CHS documented Musmari’s increased brushes with the law in the past year on Capitol Hill including assaults and protection order violations. In a recent conviction and sentence that he is appealing, Musmari was required to undergo a mental health evaluation.
Following the January 1st attack, detectives from SPD’s Arson/Bomb Squad, and members of a Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated the case, according to police officials. Musmari’s arrest came after the month-long investigation that had frustrated some police tipsters who suspected Musmari might be the man shown in security footage. The FBI and Seattle Police have said “numerous” tips were received from the public in the case.
Police say one witness who came forward talked with Musmari about the situation and about his prospects for leaving the country. Police do not document how they learned Musmari had contacted a travel agent.
On Saturday when Musmari was arrested outside his Bellevue home, police say they found he had packed many of his possessions for the trip:
The full charging document is below.