Parishioner arrested for intentionally setting fire to Mississippi church

A parishioner was arrested Wednesday and charged with setting fire to a Mississippi church last month. The church was also vandalized with the words “Vote Trump.”

Communication Director for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety Warren Strain told reporters Andrew McClinton was arrested by Greenville Police and is charged with one count of first-degree arson of a place of worship according to CNN.

Strain said McClinton attended the church. Authorities are not sure if McClinton is responsible for the graffiti.

Hopewell M.B. Church was set ablaze Nov. 1. Greenville Mayor Errick D. Simmons described the burning of the church as “a direct assault on the Hopewell congregation’s right to freely worship.”

McClinton is being held in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting his initial appearance.

The investigation was conducted by the Greenville Police Department, Greenville Fire Department, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, State Fire Marshall’s Office and the ATF.

Authorities have not released a motive at this time. The investigation is ongoing.