Cathedral arson suspect in court today

A San Francisco resident accused of attempting to set fire to the city's Grace Cathedral on Sunday night and igniting the Burning Man effigy in September is scheduled to be arraigned today in San Francisco Superior Court.

Paul David Addis, 35, was arrested and booked into San Francisco County Jail on Monday morning after police were tipped off that he may have been planning to burn down Grace Cathedral and subsequently found him in possession of fireworks outside the cathedral, said San Francisco police Officer Jim McGrath.

Addis faces three felony and two misdemeanor charges, including attempted arson, possession of explosives and possession of incendiary devices, according to San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris.

Police began patrolling the area near Grace Cathedral on Sunday night after Addis' neighbor reportedly hear him say “the cathedral isn't going to be there anymore,'' said McGrath.

Addis was located on the California Street side of the cathedral around 11:40 p.m. with a backpack loaded with fireworks, McGrath said. He also had other things that “led the officers to believe he might be up to something.''

Upon finding the fireworks, bomb squad officials were called to remove the explosives and the arson task force responded to investigate, according to McGrath.

Addis is also facing charges in Nevada for allegedly setting the Burning Man effigy on fire before it was scheduled to be burned at the annual event held each Labor Day weekend.

— Bay City News

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