Incident Summary:

12/11/2019: An assailant set fire to the Church of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Franklin Lakes, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. The assailant was injured and there were no other casualties. No group claimed responsibility for the incident and sources identified the assailant as James Mayers.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New Jersey

Franklin Lakes

Location Details:
The incident occurred at 787 Franklin Lake Road.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Most Blessed Sacrament Church
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Gasoline and a cigarette lighter were used in the attack.
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"Arson suspected in fire that destroyed church in Franklin Lakes," North, December 11, 2019.
"Suspected Arson Fire Destroys Franklin Lakes Church, Graffiti Found, Suspect Seized," Garfield Daily Voice, December 11, 2019.
"Local Resident, 26, ID'd In Arson Fire That Destroyed Franklin Lakes Church," Cliffside Park-Edgewater, December 11, 2019.