‘I Set A Synagogue On Fire’: Texas Arson Suspect Wrote About Crime In Diary, Feds Say

A Texas man faces a federal cost for allegedly deliberately setting fireplace to an Austin synagogue on Halloween. He allegedly wrote down particulars of the assault in his diary. 

“Scout out a goal,” Franklin Barrett Sechriest, 18, allegedly wrote in a journal on Oct. 28. And three days later: “I set a synagogue on fireplace.” 

Different entries embody “piss myself,” and “pay money for [redacted],” in response to images of the journal included in an FBI agent’s affidavit supporting a federal arson cost in opposition to Sechriest, who’s also a non-public within the Texas Nationwide Guard and pupil at Texas State College.

In a planning calendar recovered by authorities, Sechriest marked Aug. 19 “N*****-appreciation class,” in response to the affidavit.

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The handwriting within the journals was confirmed by somebody in Sechriest’s residence as belonging to him, the affidavit famous.

It didn’t take lengthy for authorities to meet up with the alleged synagogue arsonist.

The affidavit supplied a play-by-play of surveillance video: Footage allegedly confirmed the defendant pulling as much as the synagogue, carrying a jug and a roll of bathroom paper to an entrance, after which strolling away from the constructing as a fireplace begins to burn. The Jeep Cherokee noticed on the surveillance footage is registered to somebody believed to be a relative of Sechriest’s who lives on the similar residence, in response to the affidavit. 

Regulation enforcement executed search warrants on the Jeep, Sechriest’s residence and Sechriest himself final week. Amongst different issues, they turned up lighter fluid and matches, in addition to stickers with anti-Semitic propaganda on them.

U.S. Legal professional for the Western District of Texas

Sechriest was arrested Wednesday on state fees, after investigators allegedly recognized his automotive from surveillance footage, and has been in federal custody since Friday. Nobody was damage within the synagogue fireplace, however the harm to the constructing is in extra of $25,000, in response to the federal affidavit.

Sechriest had an preliminary look in federal court docket on Monday and is scheduled for a preliminary examination and detention listening to on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Legal professional for the Western District of Texas.

In an entry on Nov. 2 famous within the federal affidavit, Sechriest seems to have acknowledged the continued seek for the arson perpetrator. 

“Test studies on [REDACTED],” the entry reads in scribbled handwriting. “Get frightened when it mentions they’re ‘hopeful a suspect might be caught primarily based on redacted.” 

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