$30,000 reward offered to anyone with information on person who started mosque fire, police said


Crime stoppers is offering a $30,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the person who is responsible for the fire that destroyed the Victoria Islamic Center Mosque, authorities said.

The Victoria Fire Department was called to Victoria Islamic Center Mosque on Jan. 28 at 2:11 a.m. at 201 E. Airline Road to find the building completely engulfed in flames, police said.

The Houston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the fire and determined the fire caused $500,000 worth of damage.

The fire was determined to be intentionally set and authorities are searching for the culprit.

“Houses of worship are a sacred place in this country, and ATF is committed to devoting the necessary resources to solving this crime,” said Fred Milanowski, the special agent in charge of the ATF Houston Field Division.

“We are working closely with our local law enforcement and emergency service partners on this investigation and ask that anyone with information about this incident please report it.”

VictoriafFire Chief Taner Drake said, “The investigators are working feverishly to follow all leads that will lead to the arrest of the person(s) responsible”.

ATF and The Victoria Islamic Center Mosque are each offering a $10,000 reward and Crime Stoppers is offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

Anyone with any information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-888-ATF-FIRE (1-888-283-3474) or Crime Stoppers at 361-572-4200.

People with information can also submit information through the mobile ReportIt app, available both on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

All individuals providing tips can remain anonymous.