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Fri Jul 28, 2017, 10:14 AM Jul 2017

Video: Man casually empties gas can in Phoenix LGBT youth center, sets it ablaze


The video shows a man walking up to the LGBT youth center in the middle of a sunny Arizona day, looking around him as he holds a red gasoline can.

He steps into the center and casually pours liquid onto the floor of the rooms. As he walks back outside, closing the door behind him, the floor erupts in flames, the blaze spreading through the rooms of the center.

No one was injured in the July 12 blaze, but the Phoenix LGBT youth center, run by an organization called one•n•ten, was completely destroyed. Fire officials initially believed it was an accident caused by a “combination of improperly stored rags and batteries mixed with a hot, ventilated room,” Phoenix fire Capt. Rob McDade told the Arizona Republic.

But on Wednesday, the Phoenix Fire Department announced it was investigating the fire as arson, after surveillance footage was recovered of the man dousing the floor with liquid just before the blaze. Authorities asked for help in finding the suspect, identifying him as Darren William Beach Jr., 26.

It's behind a paywall, but a google search can turn up the video elsewhere if you don't pay for WaPo.

The article doesn't say which country Darren William Beach Jr. was a refugee from but Trump should ban travel from there immediately.
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Video: Man casually empties gas can in Phoenix LGBT youth center, sets it ablaze (Original Post) IronLionZion Jul 2017 OP
What an incredible loony! n/t RKP5637 Jul 2017 #1
Here is the footage I snagged off youtube m-lekktor Jul 2017 #2
They think he is a young man who used to go there but aged out. AJT Jul 2017 #3
Yes, sounds like real mental health problems SCantiGOP Jul 2017 #4


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4. Yes, sounds like real mental health problems
Fri Jul 28, 2017, 10:26 AM
Jul 2017

They recognized him immediately; he had been a regular visitor there for several years.
Sounds like more of a crazy crime than a hate crime.

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