Seattle, Washington officers make arrest after arson attack during church service

Police in Seattle, Washington say they have arrested the man who threw incendiary devices at a church filled with at least 100 worshipers.

Miles Stanstad is charged with attempted arson and assault in connection with the attack. Stanstad is accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at Iglesia Ni Cristo on Oct. 18. His arrest came shortly after surveillance images were released by the Seattle, Washington police department.

A probable cause affidavit says Stanstad also threw two Molotov cocktails at a church employee, but the employee was not injured. An Associated Press report published by US News says prosecutors requested an increase in bail from $500,000 to $750,000 because Stanstad is considered a flight risk.

“We were relieved when we found out the suspect had been apprehended,” district minister Barrington Thompson told King5 Television. “And we thank the Seattle Police Department for the great work they did. And we’re happy of course that he’s off the streets now, so he can’t do any more damage,” he told the TV station.

 

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