Oakland Park Church Fire May Have Been Arson


TIMES AND CHARGES INCLUDE BATTERY ON A PREGNANT WOMAN AND STRONG ARMED ROBBERY. HE IS HELD WITHOUT BOND. WE ARE LIVE IN NORTHEAST MIAMI- DADE, PETER D’OENCH, CBS4 NEWS. A CHURCH IN OAKLAND PARK WENT UP IN FLAMES. WHAT WAS FOUND AFTER THE FIRE? INVESTIGATORS ARE WORKING TO FIGURE OUT IF IT WAS A HATE CRIME. WE ARE LIVE ON THE SCENE WITH MORE. Reporter: WHAT WE LOOK AT IS A CASE OF ARSON AND A HATE CRIME. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE FIRE INSIDE THE CHURCH WAS RELATIVELY SMALL, CONTAIN TO A 10 X 10 AREA. WHAT WAS WRITTEN INSIDE RAISES UP THE INVESTIGATION. THEY GOT THE CALL BEFORE 6:00 IN THE RESCUE LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH WAS ON FIRE. FIRE TRUCKS ARRIVED AND QUICKLY PUT OUT THE FIRE INSIDE AND THEN NOTICED CHILLING WRITING SCRAWLED INSIDE. AN OMINOUS MESSAGE READ, I WAITED SO LONG TO REPAY THE FAVOR. AND MY INVESTIGATIVE YEARS I HAVE NOT SEEN A CRIME LIKE THIS ONE. I’VE INVESTIGATED ARSON, BUT NOT ONE OF THIS NATURE WITH THIS AMOUNT OF WRITING ON THE WALL. OAKLAND PARK FIRE RESCUE DIVISION CHIEF JOHN PRESTON TELLS US HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THE WRITING MEANS. Reporter: THERE ARE 16 MORE INSIDE AND SOME HAVE MESSAGES OF HATE. SOME ARE RELIGIOUS AND RELATE TO RELIGION AND HATRED TOWARD RELIGION AND OTHERS ARE MORE PERSONAL. THERE IS ONE PERSON ON THE BACK DOOR AND OTHERS INSIDE. THIS FIRE IS INVESTIGATED AS A HATE CRIME AND THE QUESTION IS WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF PEOPLE MENTIONED BY NAME? YES. Reporter: DO WE KNOW IF ANY OF THESE PEOPLE ARE INJURED? WE HAVE NOT LOCATED ANY PEOPLE. THE PASTOR OF THE CHURCH DOES NOT KNOW ANYBODY BY THE NAMES THAT ARE REFERENCED ON THE WALLS. Reporter: THE PASTOR SAID THERE ARE ABOUT 40 CHURCH MEMBERS AND IT HAS BEEN OPEN FOR ONLY A COUPLE OF MONTHS. I DON’T KNOW WHY SOMEBODY WOULD DO THAT. Reporter: INVESTIGATORS SAY THIS IS VERY ODD AND IT WILL TAKE AWHILE AND THEY WILL BE

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