Man accused of setting fire at Sikh-owned store

CREATED Mar. 14, 2013

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A Green Bay man is charged with a hate crime for allegedly setting fire at a convenience store owned by a Sikh American.

Fifty-three-year-old James Parrish faces charges of arson with a hate crime modification, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and carrying a concealed weapon.

Police arrested Parrish March 5 after he reportedly walked into the Dollar Land store, dumped a liquid on the register and set it on fire after a store employee turned him down for a date.

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund praised authorities for treating the arson as a hate crime.

Last August, a white supremacist fatally shot six worshippers at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek before killing himself.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Parrish's next court date is April 5.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com