Last week’s bizarre arson attack at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco was committed by Chinese national and U.S. permanent resident Yan Feng who was hearing voices in his head. Yan turned himself in to the police two days after the incident.
The biggest run-down of the incident has been published by NBC Bay Area who, along with the FBI, conclude that Yan’s attack was not politically motivated, and was strongly linked to his mental wellbeing. The NBC report deserves a full read, but the important bits are:
Feng self-surrendered to Daly City police by calling them two days afterward, according to the FBI, who said in court documents that when he called, he said in Mandarin: “I made the fire.”
Court papers allege Feng set three explosive devices at the consulate, which caused “significant property damage” and endangered the lives of those near the area at the time.
Special FBI Agent-in-Charge David Johnson told reporters at a news conference that authorities do not believe there are any ties to terrorism, and that the fire was “an isolated incident.” […]
Yeng [sic.] told FBI agents that he had targeted the Chinese Consulate because “all the voices he had been hearing were in Chinese and the Chinese Consulate had to have been involved.” […]
The voices in his head were the only reason stated for why he targeted the consulate building.
A huge collective sigh of relief can be felt by all American onlookers who hoped this attack wasn’t the beginning of Uyghur/Tibetan/etc. unrest spilling over into potentially dangerous incidents states-side.