LOS ANGELES — A La Puente man was charged currently with environment fires at mixed houses of worship.
Christian Michael Garcia, 25, faces 20 transgression counts: 13 depends of desolation of eremite property; 3 depends of arson of a structure; two depends of second-degree blurb burglary; and one count any of attempted second-degree spoliation and arson of skill of another.
Garcia is also charged with two misconduct depends of desolation under $400 and includes hatred crime allegations.
Arraignment was scheduled currently and continued to Feb. 26 in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
The transgression censure charges Garcia with desolation and arson fires between Nov. 25, 2016 and Jan. 25, 2018. A sum of 4 churches located in Pasadena and Los Angeles are named in the charging document.
“He was literally held red-handed, and since of that this will be a clever charge and one we demeanour brazen to posterior vigorously,” pronounced LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
The LA Times reported: Green mist paint was used to spot a statue of an angel outward the Pasadena church and to write the difference “Jehovah Lives” and an Old Testament verse, 2 Kings 19:35, about the killing of Assyrians: “And that night the angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the stay of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all passed bodies.”
The same hymn was spray-painted at Ancient Church of the East Mar Shaleeta Parish, an Assyrian church in San Fernando, in a Nov 2016 occurrence that the Assyrian American Assn. of Southern California called a hatred crime.
e is charged with vandalizing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Industry Station.
Bail is set at $750,000. If convicted as charged, the suspect faces a probable limit judgment of some-more than 23 years in state prison.