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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Victoria Islamic Center

VICTORIA, Texas – Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez and several leaders from various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies will participate in a press conference to announce a significant update related to the fire that occurred at the Victoria Islamic Center on Jan. 28.






Abe Martinez, Acting United States Attorney

            Southern District of Texas


Fred Milanowski, Special Agent in Charge

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


Ed Michel, Assistant Special Agent in Charge



Taner Drake, Chief

Victoria Fire Department


Thomas Legler, Fire Marshal

City of Victoria Fire Marshal’s Office


Jeff Craig, Chief

Victoria Police Department


Ruben San Miguel, Sergeant

            Texas Department of Public Safety – Criminal Investigations


Drew Pilkington, Texas Ranger

            Texas Rangers


T. Michael O’Connor, Sheriff

Victoria County Sheriff’s Office


Heath Mahlmann, Deputy State Fire Marshal

Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office



WHAT:          Press Conference


WHEN:          TODAY, June 22, 2017

                        2:00 P.M. CDT


WHERE:       United States Courthouse

                        312 S Main St.

Victoria, Texas 77901


NOTE: Media planning to attend the press conference are asked to notify Angela Dodge, Public Affairs Officer, Southern District of Texas, preferably via email at (also available at 713-252-0813) as soon as possible and NO LATER THAN 12:00 P.M. Those attending are urged to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance of the scheduled conference time to allow for security checks and set-up. All media representatives must present a valid government-issued photo identification upon arriving at the U.S. Courthouse.

Houston Field Division