Man suspected of setting fires in Lincoln church lot

June 8, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Police say a 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of starting several fires in the parking lot of a north Lincoln church.

Police tell the Lincoln Journal Star that, Serhiy Andriyashyn was seen on video surveillance just before 11 a.m. Thursday starting fires in a trailer unit and in and around a trash bin just outside the House of Prayer. A container of lighter fluid also was found in the grass next to the trash bin.

Officer Angela Sands says the church’s pastor believes Andriyashyn, a church parishioner, was upset with how marriage counseling was going.

The fires caused about $10,000 in damage. Andriyashyn was arrested a few blocks away on suspicion of third-degree arson.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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