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A Maine man was charged with attempting to set fire to a church in Massachusetts with a predominantly black congregation.
Dushko Vulchev, of Houlton, Maine, was arrested by Pittsfield police on Friday, authorities said Saturday. He is expected to be arraigned Monday at Martin Luther King Presbyterian Church in Springfield on December 13-15 for multiple arson attacks and three attempted arson attacks. Authorities are also investigating a fire that severely damaged the church. 28.
Dushko Vulchev of Maine charged with malicious damage and attempted arson for trying to burn down a Black church in Springfield, Massachusetts last week. https://t.co/hu2wt23x6t pic.twitter.com/OCgQkygPcY
— Renée Graham 🏳️🌈 (@reneeygraham) January 2, 2021
As of Saturday, it was not known if Vulchev had a lawyer.
In 2008, hours after Barack Obama was elected president, a black church in Springfield was destroyed in a deliberate fire that was officially racist. Three white men were arrested and sentenced.