2 College Students Arrested In East Texas Church Arson Cases

Daniel George McAllister (left) and Jason Robert Bourque were arrested this week. (Dallas News)

Two college students were arrested in connection with a series of church arsons in the Tyler-Athens area in East Texas.
KETK reported:

A source close to the church arson cases tells KETK-TV arrests have been made.

Those arrested are UT Tyler student Jason Bourque, 19, of Van and Daniel George McAllister, 21, (DOB 2-27-88) of Van. Bourque’s address on jail records lists he is from Lindale but went to school in Van.

Bourque’s Facebook page shows he graduated from Van High School in 2008 and currently attends UT Tyler. He lists he religious views as “existential.” Photos on the networking site show he qualified for state on the debate team.

A friend of Bourque’s tells us they sat together in math class at UT Tyler and that he was once a very religious person but struggled with depression starting last November. We’ll have an interview with his classmate coming up today at 5 p.m.

They have been booked in Smith County on $10 million dollar bond.

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