The protests held by Black Lives Matter and their strongest allies have led to a rise in criminal activity across the United States. One of the most common crimes committed in the past two weeks was arson. The majority of the protests have been extremely peaceful, but the media has focused on the negative, adding that the likelihood of a coronavirus spike is nearly guaranteed — and pointing out that the virus is already spreading at a faster rate, although that spike was likely fueled by Memorial Day gatherings.
Two men were charged with arson for allegedly attempting to set fire to Market House in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The plot went astray when one of the men, Andrew Garcia-Smith, set himself on fire instead. He was using a poorly fashioned molotov cocktail, but it didn’t quite work the way he wanted. He was arrested and charged after his wounds were treated.
In Tacoma, Washington, one 25-year-old woman stands accused of arson after attempting to set fire to no fewer than five Seattle police cruisers. According to U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran, she was successfully apprehended at her residence.
Moran said, “This defendant was captured by multiple cameras using an accelerant, lit like a blowtorch, to start fires in five vehicles — putting the public at risk and creating the very real possibility of a structure fire amidst the throng of people protesting downtown. I commend the painstaking work of law enforcement using a variety of images to identify the defendant and locate her so she can be held accountable.”
The video recordings of the incident were subsequently reviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in conjunction with the Seattle Police Department. She was located because of distinguishing features and tattoos on her arms.