Arrest made in Peoria Planned Parenthood clinic arson

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An arrest has been made in the arson attack on the Peoria Planned Parenthood Health Center.

The FBI Springfield office announced the arrest in a statement Wednesday morning.

“A subject has been arrested in the Peoria Planned Parenthood arson investigation. Currently the subject is in the custody of the Peoria Police Department. FBI Springfield will file a complaint today to arrest the subject on federal charges.”

Public Information Officer Rebecca Cramlit said that the court documents shouldn’t be sealed and will be available on the docket as soon as the judge signs them. Further information will be available in the court documents.

The Peoria Planned Parenthood Health Center was vandalized when someone threw a fire accelerant through a window, causing a fire in the building on Sunday, Jan. 15. No one was in the clinic at the time and two firefighters were taken to hospitals for minor injuries. Damages are estimated at more than $1 million and will keep the clinic closed for months.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois welcomed the news.

“We are pleased an arrest has been made in the firebombing of the Peoria Planned Parenthood Health Center on January 15,” said Planned Parenthood CEO Jennifer Welch. “The damage to the health center is extensive and we are estimating it costing over $1M to rebuild. The repairs will take numerous months before we can reopen stronger than ever.”

She said the arson robbed the community of access to birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, and gender-affirming care as well as medication abortion services. 

“We appreciate the outpouring of support from the community, state, and nation as we continue to meet our patients’ needs through telehealth and at our other 16 health centers across the state,” Welch said.

Updated with response from Planned Parenthood of Illinois.