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    Wednesday, October 3 2012 6:35 PM EDT2012-10-03 22:35:24 GMT
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We set out to learn more about the Islamic Center arson suspect Randy Linn by making the trip to his hometown. He's from St. Joe, Indiana. We did talk with some of his immediate neighbors who didn't want to go on camera, but they say they were shocked to hear that the man they live near is charged with the crime.

Others in the small town were also sad to hear that one of their own is accused of the arson.

We started our trip to St. Joe with a stop at randy Linn's home. No one answered the door and a sign on the door read" No comment, so don't bother knocking or camping out on my property.Thank you."

From there we went into the center of town. St Joe is a small Northeastern Indiana town with a population of about 460 people. It's just west of Hicks, Ohio and about 20 miles north of Ft. Wayne.

Todd McCandlish has lived there for about 20 years,"It is surprising that someone from here would do that, this is a nice quiet little town and you wouldn't expect something like that from people who live here."

Six generations of angel amburgey's family have lived in St. Joe, "We know everybody so this is devastating, it's sad to know one of our citizens is accused of doing this."

Linn is facing two counts of arson, one count of aggravated burglary and carrying a concealed weapon. If found guilty, residents want him to pay,"I hope he serves time for it. If someone did something like that in our town we'd expect something to happen to the person who did it."

"Most of us are god fearing people and something like that, it isn't Christian."

The residents we spoke with in St. Joe want to emphasize that the alleged actions of one should not be a reflection of the entire community.

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