An 18-year old man was arrested this week on six counts of attempted murder. He was charged with starting a fire at a Bayview convent earlier this month while nuns slept inside.

Elizabeth Schille, a sister at the Good Shepherd Convent, said Thursday she doesn’t know Matthew Hinz, who faces a string of charges related to a small Oct. 13 pre-dawn fire at the convent.

Police Deputy Chief of Investigations Morris Tabak said evidence was left at the scene of the fire that led police to search Hinz’s home, at which point he was arrested.

“He just likes setting fires,” Tabak said. “This is probably not the first time he’s done something like this.”

Hinz was arrested Wednesday for attempted murder, arson of an inhabited dwelling, arson of a place of worship and possession of flammable materials.

jupton@examiner.com

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