Suspect arrested in string of black church fires

The suspect in custody is accused of starting suspicious fires at three historically black churches in Louisiana.
1:59 | 04/11/19

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overnight. The son of a sheriff's deputy is under arrest, accused of starting those fires at three historically black churches in Louisiana. Steve osunsami joins us now with the latest. Good morning, Steve. Reporter: Good morning to you, robin. The governor of Louisiana is making this announcement this morning with the ATF, the state fire marshal and the FBI by his side. They are calling what happened despicable. A U.S. Attorney is confirming this morning that federal authorities have arrested a man for setting black churches on fire in Louisiana, and law enforcement sources tell our local ABC station, KATC, that he's the son of a parish deputy. Authorities have not yet publicly identified the suspect but law enforcement sources say he's this man, 21-year-old holden Matthews. Matthews is now in custody after he was arrested Wednesday evening. He's accused of intentionally setting those fires at three black churches over ten days, the first on March 26 burned the St. Mary's Baptist church to the ground and within days a second fire did the same to greater union Baptist just miles away and a third fire at mt. Pleasant Baptist. We found burned bibles and hymn books. The fire marshal immediately suspected they were looking for an arsonist who was targeteding black churches. At this point we believe there's some relation, whether it's a single person, a single technique, a single method. Reporter: As they search for the person who did this, the people at the three churches continue to raise their praise. ��� ��� but had to do it somewhere else. Other churches lent them spaces. Now they say they are relieved and ready to move forward. It's time to rebuild. It's time for healing. It's time for strengthening up our congregation and our families. Reporter: These churches will now need to be completely rebuilt and they are beginning the effort to raise money for that. Steve osunsami, thanks very We move now to the

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