A man charged with the arson of a Pennsylvania church that banned him for unspecified reasons said he was angry at God.
Wilmer Jose Ortiz Torres, 43, was charged with twice setting fire to Iglesia Pentecostal De Bethlehem, as well as burglary and criminal trespass.
Ortiz Torres spoke briefly with the media after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing, explaining that he did set the fires and was “mad at God,” The Morning Call reported on Thursday.
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli explained to the media that Ortiz Torres “had some mental health issues,” according to The Morning Call.
Ortiz Torres is believed to have set the first fire to the church after midnight on April 23, which damaged the sanctuary. A second fire was set two days later on the church’s roof.
“Who would do this again? They already burned everything inside,” said Nitza Colon, the daughter of the pastor’s daughter in an interview with a local CBS affiliate after the second fire.
“When we got the call this morning it was like who would do this again? The law knows how to take justice and we just pray for that person because we don’t know what’s gonna happen.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski