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Suspected Man Arrested For Setting Fire In Three Black Churches In Louisiana

News by Krijana Duwal Published on 11 Apr,2019 Updated on 22 Aug,2019

A Man Has Been Arrested In The Suspect For Setting Fires At Three Black Baptist Churches In Louisiana.

  • Holden Matthews, a suspected man, is arrested for setting fires at three black Baptist churches.
  • The suspected man is reported to be St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s deputy’ son.
  • Authorities will be announcing significant updates at a news conference on Thursday at 10 a.m.

Yesterday, on Wednesday, a suspect was arrested for having a connection with a string of suspicious fires set at three historical black Baptist churches in Louisiana. The fires are believed to be intentionally set.

Twenty-one years old Holden Matthews, a suspected man arrested, was taken into custody on Wednesday evening. The local television station KATC reported that the alleged arrested man is the son of St. Landry Parish sheriff’s deputy.

CAPTION: View of one of the church burnt down to the ground SOURCE: BBC

One of the spokesperson, who is leading the investigation for the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, declined to comment on the particular topic. In the same way, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office also did not respond in it.

For now, authorities announced that they would be announcing significant updates in the case at a news conference on Thursday at 10 a.m. CT at St. Landry Parish Sheriff Public Safety Complex in Opelousas.

The Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will be attending the news conference.

Just within ten days, the three St. Landry Parish churches were burnt down to the ground.

St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre in Port Barre is the first church to be burnt to the ground on March 26. The second fire broke out at Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas on April 2. The third fire occurred at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas on April 4.

Officials are also investigating on the fourth/ smaller fire at the predominantly white Vivian United Pentecostal Church in Caddo Parish on March 31. The church is more than 200 miles north of St. Landry.

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