*In Louisiana a man, Holden Matthew, has been arrested for the”suspicious” fires that burned three historically black churches in the state over a 10-day span
Matthews, 21, the son of a St. Landry Parish sheriff’s deputy who reportedly has ties to white supremacy, was arrested in connection to the three fires, according to The Daily Beast.
The three St. Landry Parrish fires were thought to be “suspicious” by State Fire Marshal H. Browning because of certain “patterns” that were identified. He even asked for help from the community.
“There is clearly something happening in this community,” Browning said last Thursday. “That is why it is imperative that the citizens of this community be part of our effort to figure out what it is.”
Meanwhile, St. Landry Parish officials said they will provide more details on the case at a press conference on Thursday morning. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to attend the news conference. Officials from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will reportedly also be present.
By the way, a fourth and smaller fire was reported on March 31 at the predominantly white Vivian United Pentecostal Church, located more than 200 miles away in Caddo Parish. It’s unclear whether that incident is linked to the St. Landry blazes.