Police Apprehend Suspect in St. Louis Church Fires
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department via AP

The man accused of setting fire to churches in St. Louis has been arrested, reports the NY Times.

The suspect, 35-year-old David Lopez Jackson, was charged on two counts of second-degree arson for the Missouri fires and considered a suspect in five other church burnings.

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The string of fires started after a wave of predominantly Black churches in the South were burned. Because of this, police believed the arson attacks were race-related hate crimes.

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However, federal investigators said there is no evidence of a hate crime. A clear motive has yet to be determined.

At a news conference Friday, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay said it was “absolutely despicable that somebody would go after churches,” the very place where people go to get away from troubles.

Today, church-dwellers can rest assured knowing the alleged culprit has now been detained.