SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Authorities said the owner of a coffee stand who claimed someone spray-painted "Go back to China" outside her business and set part of her shop on fire carried out the crime herself.
The Spokane County Sheriff's Office had originally investigated the incident as a hate crime and arson on January 21. Deputies, however, arrested Coffee Break owner Jennifer Na on Friday.
Investigators said surveillance video showed Na with a gas can in hand. She was reportedly also seen reaching up to unplug her surveillance cameras before the crime occurred. On Wednesday, investigators told Na about the video.
“The Deputy Fire Marshall did an outstanding job with his investigation. Watched the security tape and unfortunately for the owner he saw her place a gas can on the table just prior to the camera being turned off,” said Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin.
According to detectives, Na initially denied the accusation but later admitted it. The motive behind the crime was not clear.
Na faced charges of 2nd Degree Arson, 3rd Degree Malicious Mischief and False reporting.