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Accused Islamic Center Arsonist Arrested

On Wednesday, December 29, Albuquerque Police officers arrested Isela Camarena, 43, for a warrant on arson charges.

Thurs. Dec. 30, 2021

ALBUQUERQUE – On Wednesday, December 29, Albuquerque Police officers arrested Isela Camarena, 43, for a warrant on arson charges.

On November 29, 2021 Albuquerque Fire Rescue was called to the Islamic Center of New Mexico at 1100 Yale Boulevard S.E. after a female, later identified as Isela Camarena started a fire at the property. Officers responded the next day to review footage of Camarena and other footage from earlier in November.

Later in December a warrant was issued for Camarena’s arrest and on Wednesday officers located her and took her into custody.

APD continues to work with the FBI on this investigation who received several tips on the offender’s identity when photos of her were first released.

Camarena has been charged with Arson and Negligent Arson (Damage over $2,500 but not over $20,000).