FBI Seeks Information About Arsonists Who Attacked Three Catholic Churches in El Paso
The FBI has announced a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is behind three arson attacks on Catholic churches in Texas that took place in May and June.
The fires took place in El Paso with St. Matthew Catholic Church being attacked on May 7, St. Patrick Cathedral on May 13 and St. Jude Catholic Church on June 15, according to a statement from the FBI. All of the churches largely serve the Hispanic community.
“Keeping everyone safe is our shared and number one priority,” the FBI said in a statement. “We are counting on assistance from members of the community to keep our city safe. We are asking everyone to please remain vigilant for suspicious or unusual activity to include events and persons around you.”
“Every lead will be thoroughly investigated. Regardless of how insignificant you think your information might be, we strongly encourage you to come forward and welcome your information and assistance,” the FBI statement said.
Luckily no one was injured in the attacks, which the FBI believes were likely started with incendiary devices.
“Each church sustained damage caused from these devices. Thankfully, to date no one has been injured,” the FBI said.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact the FBI’s El Paso Field Office at 915-832-5000 or Crime Stoppers of El Paso at 915-566-8477.
UPDATE: In 2015 there was a string of bombings at Catholic Churches in nearby Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Gateway Pundit reported on these terror attacks in 2015.