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Matches, gloves seized from UCI professor's home

August 13, 2012 | 12:00 pm

Rainer Reinscheid appears in court.

Police found a bag containing gloves and boxes of matches at the on-campus home of a UC Irvine professor accused of arson and suspected of writing emails threatening to kill students at his son’s high school.

The search warrant shows that police recovered four pairs of gloves, two boxes of matches, three thumb drives and computers from the office, bedroom and closet of Professor Rainer Reinscheid, who teaches in the department of pharmaceutical science.

Reinscheid, 48, faces eight felony charges of arson, one felony charge of attempted arson and one misdemeanor charge of resisting police.

The fires, authorities said, were in Irvine near the spot where the professor’s 14-year-old son committed suicide and at the home of an assistant principal at University High School.

Reinscheid was arrested in July at William R. Mason Regional Park, where his son killed himself.

Police said they found Reinscheid crouched down in a bush with lighter fluid in his possession. They also found two stacks of newspaper soaked in lighter fluid, according to court documents.

Prosecutors allege Reinscheid emailed himself and his wife in April, saying that he wanted to kill at least 200 students and University's assistant principal.

In one email, the German national said he wanted to buy 12 machine guns and burn down the high school and rape two female staffers before killing himself at Mason Regional Park, according to court documents.

Reinscheid has been held without bail in Orange County Jail since his July 27 arrest.


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Photo: Rainer Reinscheid appears in court. Credit: Associated Press