USAO Statement on Victoria Man Ordered into Federal Custody
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USAO Statement on Victoria Man Ordered into Federal Custody

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 criminal proceedings.

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.




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