Arson Attack on Buddhist Temple Prompts Investigation in Montgomery County

Arson Attack on Buddhist Temple Prompts Investigation in Montgomery County

On November 5, 2023, at approximately 9:50 p.m., Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a reported arson at The Buddhist Temple located in the 17000 Block of FM 1485 in New Caney.

Initial findings indicate that an unidentified individual approached the temple and hurled a container filled with gasoline and a lit wick, resembling a ‘Molotov Cocktail,’ through an open window. Temple members present at the time acted swiftly to extinguish the flames and promptly contacted law enforcement.

The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office, in conjunction with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), arrived on the scene to initiate a thorough investigation into the incident. Interviews with multiple individuals were conducted on the same night to gather information.

The suspect is described as a white or light-skinned male wearing a dark baseball cap, black boots, and carrying a backpack, as pictured on page 2.

The motive and circumstances surrounding the crime remain unknown, and law enforcement is actively pursuing leads to shed light on the incident. Both the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office are committed to upholding religious freedom and ensuring the safety of all citizens in Montgomery County, irrespective of their religious beliefs.

The agencies involved stress the severity of the case, declaring zero tolerance for such behavior within the county. Authorities assure the public that every effort is being made to bring the perpetrator to justice.

While acknowledging the potential for anxiety and concern among residents, law enforcement urges the community to remain calm and patient as the investigation unfolds. Anyone with information related to the incident is encouraged to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 936-760-5800, option 3, and refer to case number 23S000489. Alternatively, individuals can provide anonymous tips to Multi-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-STOP (7867). Authorities emphasize the importance of cooperation from the public to aid in the investigation and bring justice to those affected.