Woman arrested for setting fire to monument to victims of human trafficking on Quintana Road

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SAINT ANTONIO – A 44-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday for setting fire to a monument erected in honor of the 53 victims who died in a human trafficking operation over the summer, said San Antonio Fire Department Arson Bureau Lt. Noe Saldana.

A 44-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday for setting fire to a monument erected in honor of the 53 victims who died in a human-trafficking spree over the summer, San Antonio Fire Department Arson Bureau Lt. Noe Saldana said.

Firefighters were called out around 6 Tuesday to the 9500 block of Quintana Road for an unauthorized burn.

When firefighters arrived, they found a monument burned and damaged, Saldana said.

During the course of the investigation, Estela Banda, 44, was identified as a suspect and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

While being questioned, Banda admitted to the fire and damaged part of the monument.

“She said she was compelled by the Holy Spirit and was doing God’s work,” Saldana said when Banda was asked why she committed the crime.

Banda was charged with arson.

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