Incident Summary:

10/30/1985: Brent Paul Braud, Derrick James Jarreau, John David Newchurch, and Charles Albert Cheshire Jr. pled guilty to igniting a fire at the Delta Women's Clinic In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. There were no casualties but the abortion clinic sustained $20,000 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 Delta 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 $20,000.00
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 earlier, the same perpetrators set a fire at another health care clinic that performed abortions in Baton Rouge (198510270002).
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.