The son of a Louisiana sheriff’s deputy was arrested Wednesday in reference to fires that burned down three traditionally black church buildings previously two weeks, police mentioned.
Holden Matthews, 21, has been booked into the St. Landry Parish jail on suspicion of arson, KATC-TV reported, citing regulation enforcement sources. Matthews is the son of St. Landry Parish Deputy Roy Matthews. Authorities haven’t launched a mug shot of the suspect.
The primary hearth passed off final month on the St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre on March 26. The second occurred April 2 on the Higher Union Baptist Church in Opelousas, whereas the newest got here two days later on the Mount Nice Baptist Church, additionally in Opelousas.
After observing the crime scenes and talking with investigators, Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., instructed The New York Instances that the “technique of every burn is notably the identical.”
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The three church buildings of predominantly black congregations have been empty on the time of the blazes, and no accidents have been recorded. The NAACP has labeled the church burnings “home terrorism” and racially motivated.
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Authorities mentioned they may “announce important updates” within the investigation throughout an inter-agency press convention Thursday morning.
Fox Information’ Lukas Mikelionis and The Related Press contributed to this report.