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Arrest in Venezuelan Embassy fire in St. Kitts

January 23, 2014

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts and Nevis (AP) — Police in St. Kitts and Nevis say they have arrested a man suspected of starting a fire that destroyed the Venezuelan Embassy in the Caribbean country earlier this month.

Inspector Lyndon David says the 37-year-old suspect faces charges of arson and malicious damage. He was identified as Andrew “Cheeko” Wilson and was in police custody Thursday on the island of St. Kitts. Police did not disclose a possible motive or say whether Wilson is suspected in two other suspicious fires in the two-island nation this month.

The embassy in Basseterre was leveled by the Jan. 5 pre-dawn fire just hours after a fire damaged nearby offices of the Organization of American States. A fire on the island of Nevis on Friday did major damage to a Treasury Department building.

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