Last fall, a Planned Parenthood facility in Thousand Oaks had a window broken, gasoline poured in and a small fire started. The fire was quickly extinguished by the sprinkler system.
At the time, many in the pro-choice community believed this was the work of anti-abortion individuals upset about Planned Parenthood practice of selling fetal body parts. The state director of NARAL Pro-Choice California called it “domestic terrorism.”
Well, it turns out abortion had nothing to do with the arson. A man has been charged in the case and he happens to be an ex-boyfriend of a Planned Parenthood employee.
Prosecutors said Perez's former girlfriend worked at the facility and the Oxnard man had been stalking her.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Richard Simon said a rock was used to break a window at the facility, which was closed at the time. Simon said Perez poured flammable liquid through the window and then lit a match.
The former girlfriend had a protective order against Perez for a prior domestic battery incident, Simon said. The arson and stalking were directed at the ex-girlfriend, not at Planned Parenthood, authorities said.