LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors say a 25-year-old man accused of setting fires at churches around Southern California has been charged with multiple felony counts.
The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday that Christian Michael Garcia was arrested last week by a special law enforcement team dubbed the House of Worship Task Force. Police say undercover officers caught Garcia as he was beginning to vandalize another church. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Monday that Garcia faces charges including arson and vandalism of religious property. The newspaper says multiple counts include hate crime enhancements.
Several churches were vandalized and burned, including Church of the Angels in Pasadena, where prayer books and hymnals were used as kindling.