Suspect Linked To The Louisiana Church Fires Now In Police Custody

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Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old son of a St. Laundry Parish police deputy, has been taken into policy custody in connection to the three recent church fires in Louisiana.

Local outlet KATC reports that despite rumors, Matthews’ father did not turn him in.

The three historically black churches were also located within the Parish: St. Mary’s Baptist Church, Greater Union Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, all more than 100 years old.

Local police are planning a press conference at 10 AM on Thursday to provide more details about the suspect’s identity.

A fourth church, 200 miles away from the other three and predominantly white, also burned down recently. While police initially thought the blaze was unrelated, CNN is reporting that the fire was also intentionally set.

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