Man arrested in string of St. Louis church fires

3 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Friday, October 30 2015 Oct 30, 2015 Friday, October 30, 2015 1:01:00 PM CDT October 30, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in a string of fires at seven St. Louis-area churches, most of them with black congregations. The blazes are being investigated as possible hate crimes.

St. Louis police spokeswoman Schron Jackson says a 35-year-old man was taken into custody Thursday.

As of midday Friday, the man has not been charged in St. Louis, where five of fires occurred, or in St. Louis County, the site of the other two.

The fires broke out from Oct. 8 to Oct. 22.

Five of the churches have predominantly black congregations. Jackson says the suspect is black.

A motive has not been disclosed.

In every case, a church door was ignited when the building was unoccupied, and no one was hurt.

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