Suspect in custody for 2 fires at New Britain places of worship
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WFSB) - The New Britain Police Department (NBPD) arrested Kimorah Parker for two fires at places of worship.
Parker has been charged with Arson 3rd Degree and Burglary 3rd Degree.
According to officials the New Britain Fire Department received a call of a fire at the Congregation Tephereth Israel Synagogue on Winter Street, and just 45 minutes later another fire was reported at St. Matthews Lutheran Church at 99 Franklin Square.
As crews were in the process of putting these fires out, a burglar alarm went off at St. Joseph off of main street, which is two minutes away.
The New Britain Mayor’s office stated that the fires are currently under investigation by the fire marshall’s office.
“In my opinion I think there is no doubt that these incidents are connected this is just too coincidental to not believe that but obviously the professionals are going to do the investigation to see what they can find but this is definitely alarming and we never here of situations like this where churches are targeted,” said Mayor Erin Stewart.
The FBI has been coordinating with the Connecticut State Police (CSP) and NBPD.
Stewart posted on Facebook “The FBI will continue to coordinate with local law enforcement and, pending further evidence collection, will determine whether federal charges are appropriate. The FBI is unaware of any specific, credible threat to the religious community stemming from these incidents.”
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