P.G. man cops to firebomb attacks on Lattitudes, Creative Visions
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The mystery of last summer's Pacific Grove firebomb attacks has been solved.
Nathan Abel Augustine pleaded guilty to two counts of arson Feb., 3, reversing a not guilty plea entered in October.
According to county prosecutors, the 28-year-old P.G. resident launched Molotov cocktails into Creative Visions tattoo parlor on July 13 and Lattitudes restaurant on July 15, scrawling "Russian Standard," a swastika and a Union Jack-like symbol on the vodka bottles in red ink. The tattoo parlor reportedly suffered some $10,000 in damages.
Augustine was allegedly upset with Lattitudes after an African American assistant manager wouldn't hire him, and with Creative Visions because the tattoo artists refused to ink him with hateful tattoos, including a swastika and Barack Obama in crosshairs on his chest.
He's scheduled for sentencing March 12. He faces up to seven years.