A Tacoma man was captured in Seattle Tuesday on charges that he set fire to the outside of the Seattle Police East Precinct during the protest known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP, government investigators declared.
A criminal complaint asserts that 35-year-old Isaiah Thomas Willoughby, a previous Seattle inhabitant, “did maliciously damage and destroy, and attempt to damage and destroy, by means of fire” the Seattle Police Department East Precinct at 1519 12th Avenue.
The objection refers to surveillance recording from June 12 which shows an individual pouring fuel on a pile of debris close to the wall of the Seattle Police East Precinct. The individual is allegedly observed lighting the debris on fire before leaving.
The blazes scorched the side of the area yet were doused by certain individuals close by who pulled the flaming debris away from the structure, the U.S. Branch of Justice said in an official statement.
Seattle police discharged photos of the illegal conflagration suspect, driving different individuals to recognize Willoughby dependent on the sweatshirt he was wearing from a line he represents. His family likewise told police he was in CHOP at the hour of the fire. Police captured him Wednesday at a Seattle home without an incident.
“We support every American’s right to protest,” said ATF Seattle Field Division Acting Special Agent in Charge Mickey French. “But when someone turns to an act of violence, putting many lives in danger, ATF will work to ensure he or she is held accountable."
Willoughby was set to show up in U.S. Region Court in Seattle Wednesday evening. He faces as long as 20 years in jail whenever indicted for illegal conflagration.