Man Charged in California Synagogue Arson

December 20, 2003

Source: The San Diego Union Tribune

On December 20, 2003 The San Diego Union Tribune reported that Manuel Tescorena Renteria, 26, was charged Thursday with one count of malicious damage in connection to an Oct. 11 arson fire at a Carmel Valley synagogue. The front wooden doors, stucco exterior, stained glass and office were damaged at the 820-member Congregation Beth Am. Authorities have not yet determined if the arson was a hate crime.