The Suspect Arrested For Torching Black Churches Is …

Pastor David Triggs and his wife Charronda hold hands and take part in the outdoor service following a fire at the New Life Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, one of a spate of church fires in the area in recent weeks.

via DailyKenn

Big shock (emphasis mine).

Police have made an arrest in connection with a two-week string of church arsons, most of which occurred at places of worship in black neighbourhoods, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has learned. The suspect is a black man in his 30s, according to a police source. . . .

. . . The variety of denominations and types of structures targeted included Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist and non-denominational congregations — four on the north side of St. Louis and two in Jennings. They ranged from the relatively grandiose historic brick structures of St. Augustine Catholic Church and Ebenezer Lutheran Church to the modest storefront used by the New Testament Church of Christ.

The first six churches were within about five miles (eight kilometres) of each other, and sustained varying levels of damage from fires set at their front doors from Oct. 8 to 18. Mainly, the damage was contained. Police presumed they were the work of the same person or people.
The fires were small blazes set against the exterior doors, but in some cases spread.

Various organizations including the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, the state fire marshal’s office, the St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives contributed to a reward fund that topped $9,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Read more at the Toronto Star

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