Friday, January 08, 2016

Anti-abortion domestic terrorism turns out to be stalker ex-boyfriend of Planned Parenthood employee

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.