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San Marcos man arrested as a suspect in Austin synagogue arson fire

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials said an 18-year-old man has been arrested and charged with arson for a fire at an Austin synagogue.

KVUE-TV in Austin reports Franklin Barrett Sechriest of San Marcos is held on a $100,000 bond for the Oct. 31 fire at Congregation Beth Israel.

According to the Austin Fire Department, the fire was a “small exterior fire” that caused an estimated $25,000 damage to the building, including the synagogue’s wooden doors.

No injuries were reported.

An arrest affidavit describes surveillance videos showing a suspect resembling Sechriest driving a black sport utility vehicle registered to a woman living at the same address as Sechriest.



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