Man charged with burning down historic Minnesota synagogue doesn’t seem to be hate crime.

9 month ago

Duluth news, Minnesota news.

Investigators said Sunday that a man accused of torching a historic Minnesota synagogue last week does not appear to have been motivated by religious bias.

Matthew Amiot, 36, was charged with burning the synagogue of the Adas Israel congregation in Duluth Monday night. A possible motive had not been established.

Amiot, who has no fixed address in Duluth, was arrested Friday and jailed for murder, according to investigators.

Amiot had a criminal record of previous arrests, reported MPR.

At the press conference, Rabbi Phillip Sher of the synagogue praised the firefighters' heroic efforts to save artifacts and religious artifacts from the burning building, the radio reported.