Man investigated in connection with more than a dozen church fires

(San Antonio-AP) - Police say they think a 22-year-old man set
more than a dozen small fires at San Antonio-area churches over the
past two and a half months.
Jesus / hay-ZOOS'/ Arturo Barraza Jr. was charged on Tuesday
with a single count of arson, but say he has implicated himself in
possibly a dozen fires. Barraza told police that usually he lighted
an oil-soaked sock and tossed it through a window.
As police investigated fires that occurred since April, they
began to hear about a young man who had visited a number of
churches recently to talk to ministers about their beliefs.
Arson Captain Art Villarreal said Barraza appeared upset over
what he perceived to be conflicting interpretations of biblical
teachings.
He told investigators that God had told him to set the fires.

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