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By Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A 42-year-old Colombian, Missouri, was accused of trying to burn a local parental clinic last month.
Wesley Brian Kaster was arrested on Saturday after the investigators searched for his vehicle and found evidence that they had been found in the planned Parent-Columbia Health Center. No one was injured in the attack that occurred in the hours before the dawn when the building was empty.
Kaster faces a pre-tax charge with the use of a fire or explosive to damage a federally funded building, but that may change. The FBI said it was investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.
"All I can say is an ongoing investigation and we are at an early stage," said Don Ledford, spokesman for the US law firm on Monday. "The complaint is a temporary fee; this case will be presented in the near future before a federal jury that can pay various charges."
Kaster's public defender, Troy Stabenow, said on Monday that he was just getting into the case and could not remember it right away. A preliminary hearing will be held on Thursday.
The FBI agent Curtis Bryant, in a statement attached to the filling documents, said that the observation video showed a distinctive minivan in the clinic on February 10, around 2:30, and a suspect suspected of having Kaster interrupted the clinic's framed glass door. , which was two stacked 5 gallon buckets inside the building, then throw a Molotov cocktail on the door.
After watching the walkway for a few minutes, Kaster returned to the building because there was no fire or smoke in the video. Kaster then fled as two unidentified pedestrians approached, but returned at 4 o'clock and held an undiscernible and approached the broken door. The smoke began to turn around in about a minute and Kaster fled, wrote Bryant.
The sprinkler system of the clinic disappeared before the firefighters arrived. Only the front door with broken door was damaged, wrote Bryant.
The firefighters found the remains of the Molotov cocktail and two 5 gallon buckets near the exhaust gasoline at the clinic.
Bryant wrote that the researchers used an observational video to link the miniveri and Kaster leftover objects, working in a lightweight shop in Jefferson City.
Online court records do not show any previous criminal proceedings against Kaster.
Dr. Brandon Hill, who runs the Great Plain Planned Parenthood, said on Monday that the organization was grateful for the rapid reaction of law enforcement to the fire.
"Let me send you a clear message: blocking access to basic health care is contrary to law, whether it be violence and vandalism, or a threat to our patients, service providers, or supporters," Hill said. "With sexual and reproductive health care in Missouri, our mission is more important than ever before."
The Columbia Clinic, which reopened February 18th, is currently not providing abortion. Brian Wimes, Judge of the West District Court of the United States, decided on February 22 that abortion-related state restrictions were not "unreasonable" burdens on women seeking abortion in Missouri.
The regulations that came into force last year require that doctors performing abortion accept prior medical privileges in nearby hospitals. The Columbia Clinic could not find a doctor as such privileges, as Columbia University Hospital stopped offering privileges in 2015.