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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 19, 2018

Fort Worth Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Hulen Mall Arson

A Fort Worth Man was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for the May 2018 Hulen Mall arson, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.

In July, Craig Michael Tezeno, 46, of Fort Worth, Texas, pleaded guilty to igniting several Molotov cocktails inside two department stores in Fort Worth’s Hulen Mall. 

According to court documents, Tezeno admits he lit a rag stuffed into a glass bottle filled with gasoline and placed it on the floor of Dillard’s department store on May 11. Later that same day, he lit a similar device inside a Sears.  He returned to the same Sears a week later and ignited a third device, hoping to start a fire and damage the store. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Worth Police Department investigated the case, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Fort Worth Fire Department’s Arson Investigations Unit, the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, and FBI Task Force Officers from the Tarrant County Sherriff’s Office, the Arlington Police Department, the Naval Criminal Investigation Service, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Weimer prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
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Contact: 
Erin Dooley Public Affairs Officer 214-659-8707 erin.dooley@usdoj.gov
Updated November 19, 2018