DOMESTIC TERRORISM: Arson Investigation Underway at Planned Parenthood in Thousand Oaks
OCTOBER 1, 2015
As the national conversation on Planned Parenthood has become louder and more heated, politicians have warned that it could ignite acts of violence against clinics and neighborhood facilities.
Late Wednesday, for the second time in weeks, a Planned Parenthood center in Thousand Oaks came under attack, this time by an arsonist or arsonists who authorities believe smashed out a window, splashed gasoline inside the clinic and then ignited it.
Authorities say there’s no evidence the attack was related to the larger debate on Planned Parenthood, but said the West Hillcrest Drive facility was previously attacked by vandals six weeks ago.
No direct theats had been made to the facility or clinic workers before the fire, said Ventura County sheriff’s Capt. John Reilly.
“You’re putting the community at risk when you’re doing something like this,” Det. Tim Lohman said. “Whether it’s the stuff that’s in the news recently, we don’t know.”