Election Day Suspect Who Set Fires Is Arrested
(RepublicanReport.org) – After the widespread controversy that surrounded the presidential election in 2020, tensions around this year’s midterms were high. Some feared the first major elections since 2020 might bring some challenges. Most voting centers experienced nothing like this, but there were issues in some locations.
According to local media reports, 23-year-old Devin McLaurin was arrested by officers from the Jackson Police Department (JPD) in Mississippi in connection with the outbreak of seven fires in the area on Tuesday, November 8. Jackson Fire Department Assistant Chief Patrick Armon referred to the incident as a “major occurrence” and that his team was not accustomed to dealing with multiple simultaneous arson attacks of this type.
The tweet below maps out the locations where the fires started. Two of the targeted buildings were churches being used as polling stations.
— WLBT 3 On Your Side (@WLBT) November 8, 2022
Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba (D) thanked the first responders who arrived to fight the various blazes, stating their work allowed voting to continue at the various facilities that could have been impacted.
Reports stated that no polling booths were affected by the alleged attacks, and also shared that there were no injuries. First responders managed to get all the fires except one under control by 6 a.m.
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