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The Pensacola News Journal, Tony Giberson, File) NO SALES, Associated Press
In this Jan. 2, 2012 file photo, the American Family Planning Clinic remains closed after being damaged by fire over early Sunday in Pensacola, Fla, The state fire marshal's office says federal investigators will join an investigation into a suspicious fire that gutted the Florida Panhandle abortion clinic. Bobby Joe Rogers, 41, was charged with one count of damaging a building by fire or explosive and was being held Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 at the Escambia County Jail in the Florida Panhandle region. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Those who knew a homeless man accused of firebombing a Pensacola abortion clinic say he was new to the area, frequently drank alcohol and supported the almost daily anti-abortion protests at the clinic.

Other drifters said Bobby Joe Rogers talked about his dislike of the American Family Planning and abortion, but didn't have a well-formed political or religious agenda.

Michael Hughes says Rogers recently became upset about seeing a woman leaving the clinic and Rogers claimed to see the woman bleeding.

The clinic, which has been the site of anti-abortion violence going back nearly 30 years, has not returned messages from The Associated Press.

Rogers was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of damaging a building by fire or explosive.