Incident Summary:

09/11/2006: At approximately 4:30 a.m. local time, an individual drove his vehicle into the Edgerton Women's Health Center in Davenport, Iowa, United States, and subsequently set the vehicle on fire. David Robert McMenemy of Michigan was arrested, charged with ‘arson against a business affecting interstate commerce’, and sentenced to five years in prison for committing this attack. McMenemy mistakenly thought that this facility performed abortions. No proof was revealed that McMenemy was associated with any anti-abortion group. No casualties resulted from this attack, although property damage did occur. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.



United States

North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Edgerton Women's Health Center
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 Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Abortion extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
“Man accused of ramming car into women's clinic in Davenport,” The Associated Press State & Local Wire, September 12, 2006.
“Detroit man gets 5 years for burning Davenport women's clinic,” The Associated Press State & Local Wire, June 30, 2007.