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Woman Writes 'Satan Lives' on Door of Two Churches as She Sets Them on Fire

  • Amanda Casanova

    Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and…

  • Updated Apr 01, 2019

A woman in Utah has been arrested after setting fire to two church buildings in Lindon, Utah.

According to the Daily Herald, Jillian Nicole Robinson, 18, has been charged with a second-degree felony of arson and a third-degree felony of burglary. Police are also investigating her for criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools.

Robinson caused some $600,000 in damage Friday morning after setting fire to two buildings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Robinson had also written “Satan Lives” in permanent marker on one of the doors, according to the police report.

“Once inside, you didn’t have to be a detective or arson investigator to tell that these fires had been intentionally set by someone,” a Facebook post from the police department said.

Police began to patrol the area and nearby churches and saw Robinson at another church building. She had again written “Satan Lives” on another door.

Officers found Robinson had “in her possession a bottle which smelled of gas and a lighter and matches… a black Sharpie brand marker, screwdriver, and a drill with drill bits.”

Robinson later confessed to the fires.

“I was angry and all I wanted to do was set a small fire and it got out of control. I fled the scene and didn’t look back,” she reportedly wrote on the statement. “I felt like playing with fire because of my crazy life at home, this was not a hate crime.”

She is being held at the Utah County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

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