A man is accused of threatening residents at a Miami Beach condo that he would burn down the building with “all the f*****g Jews.”
Miami Beach Police said Walter Stolper, 72, was charged with first-degree attempted arson after he allegedly poured several containers filled with gasoline down a trash chute at a condo building on 56th Street and Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, Florida, on Thursday. According to the affidavit, Stolper told witness Luis Diaz that he was going to burn down the building with “all the f*****g Jews.”
Miami Police Public Information Officer Ernesto Rodriguez wrote in a statement that Stolper, who was also a resident, was angry that he was being evicted from the building.
“The suspect’s motivation appears to have been a combination of anger at an upcoming eviction and anger toward fellow residents who are Jewish,” Rodriguez said in an emailed statement to Newsweek.
Diaz told officers that Stolper purchased two electrical fans “to fan the flames and cause maximum amount of damage,” according to the affidavit. The affidavit stated Diaz told officers that Stolper bought padlocks, painted them red, and wanted to place the locks on the building’s fire hoses to stop the fire department from putting out the fire.
Authorities told WFOR-TV that they had received a tip about Stolper acting strange toward residents in the building, and one resident complained about the smell of gasoline in the hallway.
“We received a tip yesterday. He had been acting strangely saying a lot of derogatory comments towards the Jewish community. We later learned there was a pending eviction for him,” said Rodriguez.
Police said when they entered Stolper’s apartment on the 15th floor of the building, they found two black electric fans, Nazi reading material and “artifacts with swastikas” on them, according to the affidavit. Authorities also said Stolper had destroyed the fire detector in his apartment, which is attached to the building’s fire system, the affidavit states.
“Inside of the unit, we found Nazi reading material as well as a swastika. This again is a very, very, very dangerous individual. Our detectives also seized two firearms,” Rodriguez told WFOR-TV.
When police asked Stolper about the two containers of gasoline in his apartment, Stolper said he bought them for a barbecue.
“I bought the gas to make a small barbecue,” Stolper told police, according to the affidavit.
In June, a North Carolina state House of Representatives candidate who had won the Republican primaries claimed that Jewish people were “satanic” and said that God was a white supremacist. His racist and strange claims have cost him the support of the North Carolina Republican Party.