Incident Summary:

02/18/2015: An assailant set fire to the Hollywood Nights adult entertainment store in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. There were no casualties reported in the incident, but the building was damaged in the blaze. Police arrested Mitchell Hapner in connection with the fire. Hapner confessed to the arson and claimed that he was trying to "eradicate pornography." Hapner was later found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attack.

GTD ID:
201502180067

When:
2015-02-18

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Michigan

City:
Kalamazoo

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Hollywood Nights
Specific Description Store
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is reason to doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria because several sources stated that the assailant suffered from mental problems.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Man who set sex shop on fire found not guilty, but insane," Fox 17, March 10, 2016.
"Suspect in adult shop fire got 'prophecies from God'," WOOD TV, February 20, 2015.
"'Eradicate porn' was goal of man who burned down Hollywood Nights adult store, Kalamazoo police say," Michigan Live, February 20, 2015.