2023-01-25 23:31:16

Illinois Man Charged in Planned Parenthood Clinic Fire

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By Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) A central Illinois man was charged Wednesday with setting fire to a Planned Parenthood clinic earlier this month, federal law enforcement said.

Tyler W. Massengill, 32, of Chillicothe, is accused of malicious use of fire and an explosive to damage, and attempt to damage" the clinic in Peoria, the U.S. Attorneys Office said in a statement.

Massengill was arrested by Peoria police Tuesday. Online court records did not indicate whether he had appeared in court or been assigned an attorney yet.

The U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement that security camera video showed a man approaching the building with a bottle, lighting a rag on one end of it, smashing a window and putting the incendiary device inside, before quickly fleeing on foot.

Investigators said Massengill initially denied responsibility but later acknowledged setting the fire. According to a U.S. District Court criminal complaint, he told them his then-girlfriend had an abortion three years ago and it upset him, and he thought that if his actions caused a little delay in a person receiving services at the health center, it may have been all worth it.

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