California man arrested in string of church arsons, pleads not guilty

A man accused of 20 felony counts including vandalism of religious property and three counts of arson pleaded not guilty this week in a California courtroom.

Christian Michael Garcia was arrested in connection with a series of arsons targeting Southland California houses of worship according to a report from the Highland Park Patch.   The paper said the criminal complaint also includes hate crime allegations.

The most recent fire in which Garcia has been charged is a blaze that happened Jan. 25 at the Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights, California. The Los Angeles Times reports that firefighters were able to prevent fire from spreading to the sanctuary.

According to jail records, Garcia remains held on bonds totaling $750,000.

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