ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A fire has destroyed a New York restaurant owned by a man charged last month with plotting vengeance attacks against members of the U.S. military and the Muslim community.
Local media report that firefighters responded late Sunday night to a report of a fire at the former Mojoes Restaurant in Rochester.
Firefighters had to break down the boarded-up door of the building to get inside. Officials say the restaurant’s interior was destroyed.
In June, the restaurant’s 30-year-old owner, Mufid Elfgeeh, was arrested after federal prosecutors said he bought two unregistered guns from an FBI informant. Investigators say he plotted to kill returning U.S. troops for American actions overseas and Shiite Muslims over the civil war in Syria.
Elfgeeh, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Yemen, is being held in Monroe County Jail.