“Arson at a sacred place of worship shakes the very foundations of our society,” said US Attorney Ashley C. Hoff. “This Office strongly condemns the intentional act of violence alleged in the complaint and will vigorously prosecute this type of conduct to the fullest extent possible.
The FBI’s annual hate crime statistics report found that more than
7,700 criminal hate crime incidents were reported to the FBI in
2020, an increase of about
450 incidents over
2019. 曾经有 683 anti-Jewish attacks last year
, according to the FBI data
, 从下 963 在 2019.
Stickers with Nazi propaganda found in vehicle used by Sechriest
Surveillance video from security cameras on the night of fire show Sechriest — carrying a green container and a roll of toilet paper — walking toward the synagogue’s administration office entrance. 几秒钟后, Sechriest is seen walking away from the office entrance, and moving toward the front doors of the synagogue sanctuary and out of view of the cameras, 根据投诉.
After the fire ignited, surveillance video from the parking area security camera showed Sechriest jogging away from the direction of the synagogue sanctuary and the fire, 投诉说.
The FBI executed federal search warrants on November 10 authorizing the search and seizure of evidence from Sechriest’s residence and a Jeep Cherokee used by Sechriest.
Stickers with Nazi propaganda and swastikas were recovered from the Jeep. Agents also recovered a planning calendar that included racial slurs from another vehicle parked in the garage of the home, the complaint read.
During the search, a handwritten journal that allegedly belonged to Sechriest was found with an entry dated October 31, 2021.
Sechriest wrote in the journal, “我放火烧了一座犹太教堂,” 根据投诉.
Sechriest is scheduled for a preliminary examination and detention hearing on November 17 在 10:30 上午, 根据发布.