Breaking: Black St. Louis Man Arrested in String of St. Louis Black Church Fires

Call off the race hustlers – It was a black dude.
David Lopez Jackson arrested in connnection with a series of black church fires.

Lopez Jackson was charged with setting two of the seven black church fires so far.

David Lopez Jackson, from Glasgow Village in north St. Louis County, was arrested today in connection to a string of seven black church fires in the St. Louis area.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported:

David Lopez Jackson, 35, was charged Friday afternoon with two in a string of seven church fires this month but authorities say they don’t yet know the motive.

The charges, two counts of second-degree arson, list his address as in the 200 block of Presley Road in the Glasgow Village area of unincorporated St. Louis County. He was held in lieu of $75,000 bail, according to court documents.

Forensic evidence linked him to the fire at Ebeneezer Lutheran Church and video of his car near New Life Missionary Baptist Church link Jackson to the fires, Police Chief Sam Dotson said. A container of gasoline and a Thermos bottle that smelled of gasoline were found in his car, Dotson said.

Asked about a motive, Dotson said, “We’re still trying to understand that.”

Dotson did not specifically accuse Jackson of the other church fires but said he is a suspect, and suggested that further investigation may result in additional charges for additional crimes.

Although the locations of the fires in predominantly African American neighborhoods gave rise to speculation that the motive might be race-related, Jackson is black.

Lopez Jackson is a career criminal in the area.

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