Charges were filed late Tuesday in connection with the fire that broke out at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines on Tuesday morning, causing an estimated $78,000 in damages.
Virginia Rock Fermin, 41, of Block 4200 Jennifer Lane, has been charged with a felony charge of arson, Deplanes Police said. The charges were filed after an investigation by police officers in cooperation with the Cook County Attorney’s Office and shrine officials.
Response officers arrived at the scene at 1170 N. River Rd. Shortly after 2:30 am on Tuesday, Rock Fellman was seen walking away from the fire in a hurry. Police said they noticed soot on her clothes and detained her.
Officers were able to view surveillance footage, which showed Rock Fellman carrying statues, buckets, chairs and planter pots towards the cave area. Police said she then started a fire and continued the flames by bringing objects into the fire.
The site will remain open to pilgrims, but pilgrims are asked to avoid the fire-affected areas. The staff of the shrine has started working on it. Raise $50,000 with GoFundMe To cover damage to the outdoor chapel.
“While we are deeply saddened by the tragic vandalism, we hope that with the help of our community we can rebuild the Outdoor Chapel of the Risen Christ, also known as the ‘Altar of Miracles,'” the fundraiser said. is written in “Pilgrims come for a variety of reasons. Some seek hope, others express gratitude. express love.”
After Tuesday’s bail hearing, Rock Fellman will be held on $200,000 bail. She is scheduled to appear in Skokie Court on June 8.