One man did, and while he is serving his sentence, he can rest assured that when he gets out, he and his gay partner and his dog won’t be living across the street from Muslims.
IndiaWest A Tampa, Florida man, who threatened an Indian Muslim immigrant couple with arson as they tried to purchase a home in his neighborhood, was sentenced June 12th to eight months in prison for committing a felony hate crime.
David H. Howard, who pleaded guilty in February of verbally assaulting and threatening to set fire to the prospective home of Kaderbhai Ali Asgar and his wife Sehera, will also undergo three years of parole after serving out his prison sentence. The 59 year-old-man suffers from AIDS and takes anti-depressants, according to court documents.
In November 2016, the Asgars, accompanied by their adult children and in-laws, went to close the sale on the house (below) they had purchased in Davis Island, an upscale neighborhood in Tampa.
As they came to the house dressed in traditional garb, including a topi (hat) for Kaderbhai, and Islamic hijabs for the women, Howard came out of his house across the street, and started to rant angrily at the seller. “You lied to me, you lied to me, you told me those people would not be moving into the house,” Howard yelled, according to court document.
As the seller’s realtor called 9-1-1, Howard then yelled, “This sale will not take place. I will break all of your f***ing windows and I will burn your f***ing house down.” He repeated his rant a second time before facing the Asgars directly to say: “You are not welcome here,” according to court documents.
The Asgars hurried to their car and fled the neighborhood. The Asgars cancelled the sale the following day, on Nov. 4, 2016. They subsequently underwent a struggle with the sellers, who refused to refund a $30,000 deposit.
In the video below from January 2017, it makes no mention of the fact that the family is Muslim, ONLY that they are Indian.