Incident Summary:

10/27/1985: Brent Paul Braud, Derrick James Jarreau, John David Newchurch, and Charles Albert Cheshire Jr. pled guilty to igniting a fire at the River City Women's Clinic In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. There were no casualties but the abortion clinic was destroyed resulting in $300,000 in damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Baton Rouge

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity
Specific Description River City Women's Clinic
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $300,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The incident occurred at 3:00 AM. Three days later, the same perpetrators set a fire at another health care clinic that performed abortions in Baton Rouge (198510300010).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Abortion extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Activists Indicted," The Courier, May 23, 1986.
Dudley Clendinen, "Abortion Clinics Are Targets Again," New York Times, December 9, 1985.
"Federal Agents Say Abortion Clinic Fires Set, Offer $5,000 Reward," Associated Press, November 1, 1985.