A Florida man facing eviction was arrested Thursday after he plotted to set a Miami apartment building on fire because he wanted to “kill all Jews” living there, police said.
Walter Edward Stolper, 72, was charged with first-degree attempted arson and attempted murder after he dumped several gasoline-filled containers down a trash chute in his apartment building, Miami Beach police announced Friday.
Officials “intercepted a potential crisis” when they stopped Stolper and arrested him in the apartment building’s parking lot, WSVN reported. Authorities received a tip about Stolper’s plan and caught the 72-year-old with two containers of gasoline.
Luis Diaz told WSVN he turned his friend of 10 years in to police after the 72-year-old told him of his plan.
“A comment that he made to me, it actually bothered me,” Diaz said. “[Stopler said] that he was gonna burn the building down with a bunch of Jews in it.”