LAFAYETTE, La. (WTVQ) — According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney, police have a suspect in custody, accused of setting fires at multiple historic black churches in Louisiana.
United States Attorney David C. Joseph issued the following statement:
“A suspect has been identified in connection with the three church burnings in Opelousas, Louisiana, and is in state custody. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, ATF, and FBI are working with state and local law enforcement and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the victims and those St. Landry Parish residents affected by these despicable acts. A special thanks to St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, Louisiana State Fire Marshal, H. “Butch” Browning Jr., Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Cybercrime Unit, the Louisiana State Police, and the Florida State Fire Marshal for working seamlessly with federal law enforcement agents in this investigation.”
So far, the suspect has not been identified.
CNN reports they have been provided the suspect’s name, but are withholding it until authorities in Louisiana announce it.
We will continue to bring you the latest on this story as it develops.