Woman arrested after admitting to starting Orem church fire, says it was not a hate crime

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OREM, Utah (ABC4 News)- An 18-year-old woman was arrested Friday after admitting to starting multiple fires inside a chapel of a Latter-day Saints church building.

Around 2 a.m. Friday officers were called to 1230 North 950 West to investigate the fires.

According to arresting documents, the church had obviously been broken into. There were several small fires inside and the phrase “Satan Lives” was written in marker on a white door jam.

While investigators worked the scene, other officers were called to patrol the area.

They soon received a report of a suspicious person at a church located at 828 West 1600 North. Officers report seeing the same writing on door jam in the building.

Officers also reported the smell of gasoline surrounded the area on the north side of the church “especially around the door with the writing on it”, the police report states.

Shortly after another officer stopped 18-year-old Jillian Robison just down the road. The officer said she was carrying a bottle that smelled like gasoline, a lighter, and matches. She was later found with a black sharpie, screwdriver, and a drill with drill bits.

Her vehicle was also located in the church parking lot at the 828 West 1600 North building.

Given the evidence, Robinson was arrested. According to the police report, she filled out a voluntary statement form that said the following:

 “I acted alone in the fire that was started at the church on 1200 N. 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. I felt like playing with fire because of my crazy life at home, this was not a hate crime.”

She was booked into Utah County Jail for arson, burglary, criminal mischief, and possession of possible burglary tools.

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