Suspect in Consulate arson claims he heard voices

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An FBI affidavit says a Chinese national arrested in the Chinese Consulate arson in San Francisco claims he was motivated by voices he was hearing.

The affidavit filed in support of federal charges against 39-year-old Yan Feng of Daly City says he told investigators he targeted the consulate because voices he had been hearing were in Chinese, so he figured the consulate had to be involved.

FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson said Monday that Feng was arrested Friday after he called police in Daly City, a San Francisco suburb.

The suspect, who has permanent resident status, made his first court appearance Monday and was held on charges of causing damage to property of a foreign government and arson.

Johnson said the investigation is ongoing but the FBI believes it is criminal matter and that terrorism, politics or civil rights were not involved.

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