Incident Summary:

01/13/2018: An assailant set fire to the Church of the Angels in Pasadena, California, United States. There were no reported casualties. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities arrested and charged Christian Michael Garcia in connection with the attack. Additionally, sources indicated that graffiti stating “Jehovah Lives” and quoting the Old Testament was found at the church.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at 1100 Avenue 64.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Church of Angels
Specific Description Church
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
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
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Christian Michael Garcia was also charged in connection with an arson attack targeting the Resurrection Catholic Church in Los Angeles, California, on January 25, 2018.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
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
"Suspect in church fires charged with multiple felony counts," Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2018.
"Suspect Arrested in Series of Church Fires," City News Service, January 26, 2018.
"Fire at Catholic Church in Boyle Heights Investigated as Suspicious After Vandalism Is Found," KTLA, January 25, 2018.