Are you ready for another round of “No Real True Christian?” (or “I Can’t Believe It’s not Florida?”) WOOD-TV reports that a Kalamzoo man set fire to an adult bookstore as part of a mission given to him by the LAWD to eliminate all adult materials in his neighborhood.
The fire occurred at the store Hollywood Nights late Wednesday afternoon. By the time the fire was out, the building was toast. The man identified by witnesses as leaving the scene with an ax was arrested later by the police after a brief car chase that ended in a crash.
Police identified the arsonist as Mitchell Hapner, 41, a self-employed “hair designer” at Allure Salon Professionals. Aside from that, the owner of Allure Salon would say nothing else about him.
Hapner admitted to the arson, allegedly, and told the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley that he was on a mission to eradicate all adult materials.
A statement issued by the owners reads in part:
He believed he was serving as god on a mission to not only destroy the business but to murder any employees and customers in the building. Thankfully for weather related reasons we decided to not go into our family business this day. Maybe one day we can rebuild our family business again.
Mother Jones reports that the family lost more than their business, though:
Their losses were not only monetary, however. “We lost irreplaceable things,” the owners wrote.
“This is only some of it but to list a few items my family will never cherish again includes; our children’s precious art work/drawings/school pictures that decorated our private office to remind us why we work so hard, sentimental gifts, countless pictures and family home videos stored in filing cabinets and computers.”
A GoFundMe page has been up by the shop owners, and as of this writing, they’re at $250 of their $50k goal.
Hapner is expected to be formally charged on Friday. Watch the report below: