Illinois man charged in Planned Parenthood clinic fire

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 charged with “malicious use of fire and an explosive device to damage and attempt to damage the clinic in Peoria,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

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

The U.S. Attorney’s office said in a statement that security camera footage showed a man approaching the building with a bottle, lighting a rag at one end of it, smashing a window and putting the incendiary bomb inside, before quickly detonating. fled 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 that his then-girlfriend had an abortion three years ago and it upset him. it might have been “all worth it”.

Illinois man charged in Planned Parenthood clinic fire

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