Police say that a Florida man who was facing eviction was planning to set his building on fire and “burn” Jews.
Miami Beach police said Friday that 72-year-old Walter Edward Stolper was charged with attempted murder after detectives found 28 containers with gasoline and explosive materials inside his storage unit.
News outlets report that police acted on a tip Thursday night and found Stolper in the parking garage of his condominium complex moving two plastic containers of gasoline.
Police say they also found gasoline-filled containers in the garbage chute dumpster and discovered artifacts with swastikas and books of Nazi ideology inside his residence.
In a tweet, police said Stolper was “triggered” by an upcoming eviction and was angry with his Jewish neighbors.
An arrest report says Stolper told detectives he was planning a “small barbecue.”
Miami Beach police said their quick action responding to a tip stopped the complex from going up in flames Thursday afternoon.
Later Friday, the Anti-Defamation League praised local and federal law enforcement for the fast action.
“We commend the Miami Beach Police Department, led by Chief Daniel J. Oates, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for taking this tip seriously, and for the swift investigation which undoubtedly thwarted a potential mass-casualty event,” said Sheri Zvi, ADL Florida regional director, in a statement.