An friend-turned-informant told KIRO that Musab Masmari, the man who allegedly set the fire at Neighbours night club on New Year's Eve, may have been motivated by his “distaste for homosexual people.”

According to investigative documents filed in King County Superior Court, the 30-year old Masmari told a friend “that homosexuals should be exterminated.” That friend, a member of the local Muslim community, went straight to the FBI because he believed Masmari may have also been planning a terrorist attack. That friend became a confidential informant.

Masmari is currently in jail for one count of arson, but according to KIRO, this new information could lead to federal hate crime charges.