FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017
PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
USAO Statement on Victoria Man Ordered into Federal
Federal authorities arrested Marq Vincent Perez, 25, of
Victoria, via criminal complaint on March 3, 2017, for possession of a
destructive device on Jan. 15. This charge is not related to the fire that
occurred at the Victoria Islamic Center on Jan. 28.
However, at the detention hearing today in Corpus
Christi, the government presented evidence that he was involved in that
incident. According to the information presented to the court, he allegedly
burglarized the mosque on Jan. 22 and then again on Jan. 28, at which time he
also set it on fire.
After hearing arguments from both the government and the
defense, the judge ultimately found Perez to be a serious threat to the
community and a flight risk and ordered him into custody pending further
The incident for which he is formally charged at this
time is possession of a destructive device. The government presented evidence
today that he possessed multiple commercially-available pyrotechnic devices
that were taped together and used in an incident on Jan. 15, 2017, in which he
attempted set a car on fire.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sharad S. Khandelwal and Kate
Suh are prosecuting the case.
The fire that occurred at the Victoria Islamic Center is
still under investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives, FBI, Victoria Police Department, Victoria Fire Department,
Texas Department of Public Safety - Criminal Investigations Division and Texas
Rangers with assistance of Texas State Fire Marshals Office and the Victoria
County Sheriff's Office.