Authorities need help to identify St John’s Cathedral arsonist caught on tape

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One of Fresno’s most historic downtown churches St. John’s Cathedral located on Tulare and R.  was the target of a fiery arson attack, Friday. 

The cathedrals surveillance camera was able to capture the moment, when the suspect wearing a hoodie walks up to the doors of St Johns Cathedral church in downtown Fresno and pours gasoline,  then ignites it causing a large fire ball to erupt. 


The fireball was big, but the church escaped major damage.
Two other arson fires broke out in dumpsters nearby on Calaveras street, investigators wonder if they’re linked.


“Somebody targeted the structure we don’t know if an individual was targeted we don’t know if the religion was targeted,” said Lee Wilding Fresno Fire investigator. 


So far investigators aren’t calling this a hate crime but the Diocese of Fresno is taking steps to protect the catholic community.


“To ensure the security and well being of all that gather here the cathedral will be tightening their security for an indefinitely period of time 24/7,” said Teresa Dominguez chancellor and director of communications with the dioceses. 


Despite the attack the diocese is ready forgive whoever torched the cathedral.


“We are not just about punishing the offender but about restoring the relationship with the offender,” concluded Dominguez. 
 

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