Authorities announced charges against a suspected arsonist whom investigators believe ignited the overnight fire that gutted much of Mission San Gabriel last July.
Fifty-seven-year-old John David Corey Jr. was arrested last year for another, “unrelated” arson attack in the San Gabriel Valley that took place days after the July 11, 2020 fire at the mission.
“It was during this separate incident that investigators deemed Mr. Corey a person of interest in the Mission San Gabriel case,”’ according to a statement from the San Gabriel Fire Department. “After a thorough investigation, investigators determined that Corey was responsible for the fire at the Mission San Gabriel.”
Corey was charged Tuesday morning with two felony counts of arson of an inhabited structure and one count each of arson during a state of emergency, possession of flammable material, and first-degree residential burglary. He faces up to 14 years in state prison if convicted.
Officials announced the break in the case at a press conference Tuesday outside the mission, where restoration work is underway ahead of jubilee celebrations marking its 250th anniversary set to start in September. The announcement caps a nearly ten-month investigation by the Verdugo Fire Investigation Task Force that also involved federal FBI and ATF investigators….
According to San Gabriel City Councilwoman Denise Menchaca, investigators took their time in announcing Corey’s arrest due to the overwhelming amount of “theories” and “noise” surrounding the fire….
The above comes from a May 4 story in Angelus News.
Good, and maybe soon the French will arrest the probably Muslim person that torched Notre Dame Cathedral.
Yes, on the part of the Mohammedan who burned the Parisian cathedral.
Kris, in case you don’t know, France has been suffering from horrifically violent attacks and arson of churches, due to crazy, criminal radical extremist Muslim terrorists. They are extremely dangerous. On the other hand– good Muslims are wonderful people! All religions have different kinds of worshippers, both good and saintly people– and evil criminals. You have to see what kind of person you are dealing with– and forget their details of race, sex, religion, nationality, social status, etc. It’s ridiculous to form extreme biases of likes/dislikes, only based on a person’s external characteristics.
Charge him for the cost of repairs.
Absolutely charge him for cost of repairs if convicted in court. He caused the damage, he pays.
The fire at the Cathedral of St.s Peter and Paul in Nantes was arson.
The cause of the Notre Dame fire does not seem clear (from what I can find out).
Are there any indications that it was arson?
My brother firefighter, if you know of any, please let me/us know.
And, unfortunately, I also know how real (and disproportionate) Islamic terrorism is. (I’m just not sure the Notre Dame fire is an act of terrorism.)
As a recently retired Fire investigator, I spent a career trying to keep firefighters and the public safe. Thank you for your service.