A male was detained and charged with setting fire to a Black church, with the help of video footage from a Tesla cars and truck.
Dushko Vulchev, 44, from Maine is accused of assaulting the Martin Luther King Jr Neighborhood Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Massachusetts, which has a primarily Black parish.
Authorities say that the fire was intentionally set and caused substantial damage to the church on 28 December.
District attorneys also declare that Mr Vulchev was accountable for a number of other fires that were begun on church property last December and the slashing of car tyres in the area.
Police authorities began believing Mr Vulchev after he was spotted on a number of security video cameras, consisting of from a Tesla lorry that had its tyres damaged.
Mr Vulchev’s own lorry, a silver Chevy Cruze, was likewise identified on city video footage near the church quickly prior to the 28 December arson occurred.
Prosecutors state that area data from Mr Vulchev’s phone revealed that he was near or at the scene of the criminal activities.
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FBI private investigators concluded that Mr Vulchev had committed the arson out of hatred of African-Americans and assistance of white supremacy.
” A subsequent search of Vulchev’s automobile and electronic gadgets exposed messages from Vulchev showing Vulchev’s hatred of Black people, consisting of recent messages from Vulchev in December 2020 contacting us to ‘remove all N **** s’,” stated the US Lawyer’s Office in Massachusetts.
” In addition, the devices consisted of images showing Vulchev’s racial animus towards Black individuals.”
The suspect stays in custody and will make his initial look at the federal court in Springfield at a future date.
Mr Vulchev has been charged with damage to spiritual residential or commercial property and use of fire to dedicate a federal felony.
He confronts a combined thirty years in prison for both charges and a $250,000 fine.