Florida Church Arson Captured On Surveillance Video

According to WPTV, a Ft. Pierce man attempted to burn down a church and it was all captured on video.  As you watch the video, notice the suspect looked right at the video camera, but continued to go through with the crime.  It is unknown if the suspect had a history with this church, but he apparently lived right next door to it in an apartment complex.

Here’s the story:

“A 38-year-old Fort Pierce man has been arrested and charged with arson after a surveillance video showed him starting a fire early Thursday morning at Indian River Presbyterian Church on Virginia Avenue, according to the Fort Pierce Police Department.

Officials say a church employee entered the building at about 8 a.m. and smelled smoke. The employee soon discovered burn damage to the floor and doors on the west side of the church and called police.

The security video shows a man pouring fluid on the outside of the doors and starting a fire with a cigarette lighter.

Detective Ludmila Quintao noticed during the investigation that the suspect in the video was wearing casual slippers and might be someone who lived nearby.

Detectives brought a photo made from the security video to a nearby residential complex within view of the church. Someone at the complex identified the suspect from the photo, so detectives went to his apartment, officials said.

The suspect, Tyquaris Ward, of the 2400 block of S. 25th St., came to the door still wearing the same clothes he was wearing in the video. He was taken to the Fort Pierce Police Department Thursday afternoon and charged with arson.”

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