18-Year-Old Texas State University Student Arrested for Fire at Austin Synagogue

Franklin Barrett Sechriest. (Austin Fire Department)

An 18-year-old student at Texas State University has been arrested and charged with arson for a fire at an Austin synagogue, officials said.

Franklin Barrett Sechriest was held on a $100,000 bond for the Oct. 31 fire at Congregation Beth Israel, KVUE in Austin reported. Texas State confirmed to KXAN in Austin that Sechriest is a student, and that the university “decries this hateful act of bigotry and violence and all the antisemitic events perpetrated recently in Austin, San Antonio, and San Marcos.”

According to the Austin Fire Department, the fire was a “small exterior fire” that caused no injuries but resulted in an estimated $25,000 damage, including the synagogue’s wooden doors.

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SOURCE: KSAT, Rebecca Salinas; The Associated Press

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