January 6, 2016 — State law enforcement officials on Tuesday arrested a suspect in a case of arson at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Southern California, the AP/Los Angeles Times' "L.A. Now" reports ("L.A. Now," AP/Los Angeles Times, 1/5).
The arson occurred last year at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Thousand Oaks, Calif. No one was in the clinic when the fire broke out late at night, and the clinic's sprinkler system extinguished the flames.
Local authorities said the clinic had not been directly threatened before the arson, although they noted a previous vandalism incident about six weeks prior. The case followed another arson that temporarily shut down a Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington state. Capt. John Reilly of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said investigators had submitted a stone and samples of the gasoline used in the attack to a laboratory for testing. The arsonist's face was concealed in surveillance camera footage of the attack (Women's Health Policy Report, 10/7/15).
Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Dean Worthy said the suspect, Alvaro Perez, threw an inflammable liquid through the clinic's window on Sept. 30 because of an ongoing domestic feud with his ex-girlfriend, who worked at the clinic.
Perez was previously jailed for other charges, including domestic spousal battery ("L.A. Now," AP/Los Angeles Times, 1/5).