Planned Parenthood arson, 42-year-old man has been charged.
A 42-year-old man has been charged with arson after he set a Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, MO on fire last month, authorities said. The criminal act took place amid increases in the incendiary rhetoric used by anti-choice advocates and lawmakers such as President Donald Trump.
The U.S. Department of Justice said Wesley Kaster was arrested Saturday in connection with a pre-dawn attack on Planned Parenthood-Columbia Health Center on February 10. Authorities said Kaster broke the clinic’s glass front door before placing a “seemingly heavy” bucket inside and throwing a “Molotov cocktail-type device” into the building. The fire was extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system and no one was hurt because the attempt took place in the early hours of the morning.
The Columbia Fire Department also recovered two five-gallon buckets of gasoline at the scene, according to the criminal complaint. Surveillance footage showed Kaster leaving the clinic and authorities said there was also video of his wife Cris Kaster at a nearby Lowe’s purchasing the same supplies that were used to set the clinic on fire.