Authorities say they will announce “significant updates” at a press conference Thursday morning following the arrest of a sheriff’s deputy’s son in connection to fires at three historically black churches in one Louisiana Parish in just 10 days.

Investigators arrested suspect Holden Matthews, 21, Wednesday evening. He was charged Thursday morning with three counts of simple arson of a religious building. The maximum penalty for each counts is 15 years in prison.

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ROOM THIS HAS BEEN A TEAM EFFORT AND A LOT OF GREAT TEAMWORK AND HARD WORK FROM A LOT OF FOLKS. AS YOU ALL KNOW OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS I AND THE PEOPLE ACROSS THE STATE OF LOUISIANA. IN FACT PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE BEEN DEEPLY TROUBLED BY THE DISTURBING TREND OF CHURCH FIRES HERE IN ST. LANDRY PARISH. AND IT HAS BEEN ESPECIALLY PAINFUL BECAUSE IT REMINDS US OF A VERY DARK PAST OF INTIMIDATION AND FEAR. THAT IS WHY THIS MORNING I'M GLAD THAT WE'RE ABLE TO COME TOGETHER AND TO ANNOUNCE THAT AN ARREST HAS BEEN MADE IN CONNECTION WITH THE FIRES THAT BURNED THE THREE HISTORICALLY AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHURCHES HERE IN ST. LANDRY PARISH OVER A TEN DAY SPAN. THE SUSPECT WHO WAS ARRESTED IS HOLDEN MATTHEWS, A 21-YEAR-OLD WHITE MALE FROM HERE IN ST. LANDRY PARISH. AT THIS POINT THOUGH I DO WANT TO POINT OUT THAT WE HAVE NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THE THREE FIRES HERE IN ST. LANDRY PARISH ARE RELATED TO THE FIRE IN CATO PARISH AT THE VIVIAN UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH. IN A FEW MOMENTS, REPRESENTATIVES FROM ALL THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES INVOLVED IN MAKING THIS ARREST HAPPEN AND WHO ARE ACTIVELY INVESTIGATING STILL ARE GOING TO BRIEF YOU ON THE DETAILS THEY ARE ABLE TO SHARE. BUT FIRST I WANT TO COMMEND CHIEF BROWNING AND ALL OF THE FOLKS AT THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE, ALONG WITH INVESTIGATORS FROM THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND IREARMS, THE FBI, THE LOUISIANA STATE POLICE, THE S LANDRY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND EVERYONE WHO CAME TOGETHER FOR THE INVESTIGATION OF THIS CASE. ALONG WITH THE FLORIDA STATE FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE. I WANT TO STOP AND FOR A MOMENT EXPRESS MY SINCERE APPRECIATION TO THEM. YOU CAN EXPECT THAT ALL THE OTHER AGENCIES WOULD BE INVOLVED. THE ASSISTANCE WE RECEIVED FROM FLORIDA IS EXTRAORDINARY. WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT. IT WAS VERY HELPFUL. THEY SENT TWO STRIKE TEAMS. I THINK IT WAS SEVEN INVESTIGATORS OVER AND THEY WERE VERY, VERY HELPFUL IN UNDERTAKING THIS INVESTIGATION. EVERYONE HAS BEEN WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THESE FIRES JUST AS SWIFTLY AS POSSIBL AND IDENTIFY AND APPREHEND THE PERPETRATOR. ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE PASTORS AND PARISHIONERS OF ST. MARY LED BY THE REVEREND KYLE SYLVESTER OF GREATER UNION, LED BY REVEREND HARRY RESHARD AND. ALL OF YOU AND YOUR MEMBERS HAVE SHOWN INCREDIBLE GRACE AND FAITH IN THE MIDST OF THIS PAINFUL AND TRAGIC LOSS THAT THEY'VE EACH SUFFERED. NOW I SAID IT MONDAY IN THE STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS AT THE LEGISLATURE. NOBODY SHOULD EVER FEAR FOR SAFETY IN THEIR HOUSE OF WORSHIP OR FEAR THAT THEIR CHURCH WILL BE DESTROYED. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS YOUNG MAN'S MOTIVE WAS. I WILL SAY IT CANNOT BE JUSTIFIED OR RATIONALIZED. THESE WERE EVIL ACTS. BUT LET ME BE CLEAR ABOUT THIS. HATE IS NOT A LOUISIANA VALUE. AND VIOLENCE HAS NO PLACE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS. AND THIS IS A REFLECTION OF ONE DEPRAVED INDIVIDUAL. IT IS NOT A REFLECTION ON THE STATE OF LOUISIANA. AND I AM EXTREMELY CONFIDENT THAT I AM HUNDRED PERCENT CORRECT WHEN I SAY THAT. WHILE I HOPE JUSTICE WILL RESTORE SOME PEACE OF MIND, I ALSO REALIZE IT'S GOING TO TAKE TIME TO RECOVER. BOTH PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY FROM THE DAMAGE THAT'S BEEN DONE. IN THE WORDS OF PSALM 62, GOD IS OUR FORTRESS ENWE WILL NEVER BE SHAKEN. SO I WOULD ASK THAT EVERYONE LISTENING TO THIS PRESS CONFERENCE JOIN ME IN PRAYING FOR HEALING AND RESTORATION. LET'S PRAY FOR THE CONGREGATIONS IN THIS LENTEN SEASON. LET'S MAKE SURE THEY ALL HAVE A PLACE TO WORSHIP ON PALM SUNDAY AND EASTER SUNDAY. LET'S PRAY FOR MR. MATTHEWS. A CLEAN HEART. INVOKING PSALM 51. SO AT THIS POINT I'M GOING TO BE FOLLOWED BY THE LOUISIANA FIRE MARSHAL BUTCH BROWNING AND THEN WE'LL RUN THE SHOW AS ASHLEY INDICATED PREVIOUSLY. >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE SUPPORT AND CONCERN AND DIRECTION IN THIS MANNER. CLEARLY THIS RESPONSE TO THIS INCIDENT WAS SEAMLESS AND ALL AGENCIES WORKED TOGETHER. I STAND BEFORE YOU TO TELL YOU THAT THIS COMMUNITY IS SAFE AGAIN. WE ARE EXTREMELY UNEQUIVOCALLY CONFIDENT THAT WE HAVE THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE CRIMES. THIS INVESTIGATION IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE ARSON INVESTIGATIONS THAT I'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN MY 33 YEARS. IN THAT THIS WAS AN ATTACK ON A HOUSE OF GOD. THIS WAS AN ATTACK ON NOT JUST A PLACE THAT PEOPLE GO ON A WEEKLY INTERVAL AND WORSHIP, IT'S A PLACE WHERE THEY'VE HAD WEDDINGS, IT'S A PLACE WHERE THEY'VE HAD FUNERALS. IT'S A PLACE WHERE GENERATIONS, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT BUILDINGS THAT WERE OVER 100 YEARS OLD. WHERE GENERATIONS OF FAMILIES HAVE BEEN RAISED. SO THOUGH THE SPIRIT IS STILL STRONG, THE LANDMARK HAS BEEN DESTROYED. WE TOOK THAT VERY SERIOUSLY IN THIS INVESTIGATION. AS YOU HEAR ABOUT THE THINGS WE CAN TALK ABOUT YOU'RE GOING TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE PASSION OF THE INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS TEAM. IN THE END YOU'RE GOING TO LEARN THAT WE HAD SOME VERY UNIQUE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATORS THAT WERE CALLED PASTORS. I'LL TALK ABOUT THEM IN THE END. AS THE GOVERNOR STATED, 21-YEAR- OLD HOLDEN MATTHEWS, WHO IS A RESIDENT OF OPELOUSAS HAS BEEN ARRESTED. LOUISIANA REVISED STATUTE. THREE COUNTS OF SIMPLE ARSON ON RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS. EACH ONE OF THESE CHARGES HAVE A MAXIMUM OF A 15 YEAR PENALTY. THREE CHARGES IN ST. LANDRY PARISH BURNED IN A TEN DAY SPAN. THE ST. MARY BAPTIST CHURCH ON MARCH 26th. THE GREATER UNION BAPTIST CHURCH ON APRIL 2ND. WE CAN NOW CONFIRM THAT ALL THREE OF THESE FIRES ARE INTENTIONALLY SET. AND ALL THREE OF THESE FIRES ARE RELATED. SEVERAL PIECES OF EVIDENCE BOTH PHYSICAL FROM THE SCENE AND TECHNOLOGICAL EVIDENCE HAVE CONFIRMED THAT MATTHEWS IS THE SSPECT. AT THIS TIME THE INVESTIGATION IS EXTREMELY ACTIVE. AND AGAIN, AS WE GO THROUGH THE STATEMENTS MADE AND QUESTIONS THAT WE ANSWER WE ARE VERY RESTRICTIVE ON WHAT WE CAN SAY. YOU'LL UNDERSTAND WHY. WE'RE STILL VETTING SEVERAL MOTIVES. HOWEVER, INFORMATION THAT THE INVESTIGATORS HAVE UNCOVERED IS THAT MATTHEWS HAD OFFERED THROUGH SUGGESTIONS AND CONNECTIONS A RELATIONSHIP WITH A TYPE OF MUSIC CALLED BLACK METAL AND ITS ASSOCIATION IN THIS HISTORY WITH CHURCH BURNINGS. IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. WHICH HAD BEEN DOCUMENTED IN MOVIES AND BOOKS. ANY QUESTION OF POTENTIAL MOTIVES ARE GOING TO GO TO THE FEDERAL AUTHORITIES. THERE'S A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT THE HATE MOTIVE. UNDERSTAND SOMETHING, THAT THE HATE MOTIVE IS A FEDERAL NEXUS AND THE FEDERAL AUTHORITIES ARE EXTREMELY VETTING THAT AND WILL SPEAK TO THAT. HOWEVER, WHAT YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE INVESTIGATORS SOUGHT OUT A VERY SIGNIFICANT THREAT IN THIS COMMUNITY. WHEN MATTHEWS WAS DEVELOPED AS A SUSPECT WE SAW AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY. WE FELT THAT OTHER CRIMES WERE IMMINENT. IN AN ABUNDANCE OF PUBLIC SAFETY WE QUICKLY SECURED STATE WARRANTS AND TOOK HIM INTO CUSTODY. SO WHEN WE SAY THIS INVESTIGATION IS STILL ACTIVE, UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WERE EXTRAORDINARY MEANS TAKEN TO BRING SAFETY TO THIS COMMUNITY. AND AGAIN, I WILL SAY THE THREAT IS NOW GONE. IT'S NOW UP TO THE INVESTIGATION AND US BRINGING TO THE PROSECUTORS WHETHER IT BE STATE, WHETHER IT BE FEDERAL TO BE DETERMINED THE RIGHT INFORMATION SO THEY CAN DO THEIR JOB. I HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THE WORK OF THE INVESTIGATIVE TEAM. AS THE GOVERNOR STATED IT WAS AN EXCEPTIONAL TEAM. THE AFOREMENTIONED AGENCIES BOTH FROM THE FEDERAL STANDPOINT, FROM THE STATE AND DOWN TO THE LOCAL MADE THIS CASE. THIS CASE IS A TEXTBOOK EXAMPLE OF SUCCESSFUL TRADITIONAL BOOTS ON THE GROUND LAW ENFORCEMENT. TECHNOLOGY. THAT'S HOW THIS CASE WAS SOLVED. IT'S A VERY LABOR INTENSIVE JOB BUT IT WAS EXPERTLY EXECUTED BY MANY PEOPLE WHO KNEW EACH OTHER FROM PREVIOUS INVESTIGATIONS BUT ALSO OUTSIDE INVESTIGATIVE AGENCIES WHO CAME TO THE TABLE UNDER THE UNDERSTANDING. >> YOU'VE BEEN LISTENING TO AN UPDATE FROM LOUISIANA ON THOSE CHURCH FIRES. HISTORICALLY BLACK CHURCHES THAT HAVE BEEN THE SOURCE OF ARSON OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. POLICE SAYING THEY'RE ALL TIED TOGETHER. LET'S SWING TO LONDON NOW WHERE WE'RE GETTING AN UPDATE ON THE ARREST OF JULIAN ASSANGE. >> THIS PRECEDENT MEANS ANY JOURNALIST CAN BE EXTRADITED FOR PROSECUTION IN THE UNITED STATES FOR HAVING PUBLISHED TRUTHFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THE UNITED STATES. I'VE JUST BEEN WITH MR. ASSANGE IN THE POLICE CELLS. HE WANTS TO THANK ALL OF HIS SUPPORTERS FOR THEIR ON GOING SUPPORT AND HE SAID I TOLD YOU SO. >> THE FACT THAT THIS IS A DARK DAY FOR JOURNALISM. THIS SETS A PRECEDENT. WE DON'T WANT THIS TO GO FORWARD. THIS HAS TO BE AVERTED. THE UK GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO MAKE A FULL ASSURANCE THAT A JOURNALIST WILL NEVER BE EXTRADITED TO THE UNITED STATES FOR PUBLISHING ACTIVITY. THIS PERTAINS TO PUBLISHING WORK NINE YEARS AGO. PUBLISHING OF DOCUMENTS OF VIDEOS, OF KILLING OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS, EXPOSURE OF WAR CRIMES. THIS IS JOURNALISM. IT'S CALLED CONSPIRACY, IT'S CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT JOURNALISM. SO THIS HAS TO END AND WE URGE EVERYBODY TO SUPPORT JULIAN ASSANGE IN FIGHTING THIS EXTRADITION. THANK YOU. >> WHAT LEGAL AVENUES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU TO PREVENT HIS EXTRADITION? >> WE WILL BE CONTESTING AND FIGHTING EXTRADITION. WE'VE REQUESTED HE GET SOME MEDICAL TREATMENT. HE'S BEEN REFUSED MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS SINCE BEING INSIDE THE EMBASSY. WE WILL BE FIGHTING EXTRADITION AND BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE COURT IN THE NEXT MONTH. WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE TAKING ANY MORE QUESTIONS TODAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> YOU WERE ASKING ABOUT THE ELEMENTS IN THE EXTRADITION REQUEST. IT IS QUITE OBVIOUS THAT THE U.S. AUTHORITIES HAVE PICKED JUST ONE ELEMENT OF WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FOR A LONG TIME, INCLUDING THE ESPIONAGE ACT, ACTS THAT ARE, HAVE DECADES IN PRISON. THERE IS NO ASSURANCE THAT THAT WOULD NOT BE ADDITIONAL CHARGES WHEN HE IS ON U.S. SOIL. AND I THINK, AND I BELIEVE THAT THIS WAS AN ANGLE IN THE APPROACH TO INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF HIM BEING EXTRADITED. THAT IS OBVIOUS. >> DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT THE ECUADORIAN EMBASSY? >> ALL RIGHT. THE LAWYER THERE FOR JULIAN ASSANGE, JENNIFER ROBINSON SAYING THEY'LL BE FIGHTING THIS EXTRADITION. THE LAWYER FOR JULIAN ASSANGE SAYING THIS SETS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT FOR ALL MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS AND JOURNALISTS AROUND THE WORLD. WE'LL OBVIOUSLY MONITOR THIS STORY. IT IS A BIG STORY OUT OF THE UK. IT HAS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES AS WELL. LET'S SWING YOU BACK TO LOUISIANA WHERE OFFICIALS ARE UPDATING REPORTERS ON THOSE FIRES AT THREE HISTORICALLY BLACK CHURCHES IN THE AREA. THEY ARE ALL TIED TOGETHER. THEY DO HAVE A SUSPECT IN CUSTODY. >> MEN AND WOMEN WHO DON'T HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO STAND BEHIND ME THAT WORKED ON THIS INVESTIGATION TIRELESSLY. IT IS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT. YOU'LL HEAR THAT ECHO THROUGHOUT ANY PERSON WHO STANDS AT THIS PODIUM. WE DON'T STAND WITHOUT THAT JOINT EFFORT. WE DON'T STAND HERE TODAY ANNOUNCING THIS ARREST WITHOUT THAT SUPPORT. LIKE ALL THE AGENCIES BEHIND ME, ATF IS COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY TO IDENTIFY AND ARREST ANY INDIVIDUALS OR ANY GROUP THAT ENGAGES IN ARSON. IN PARTICULAR AS IT RELATES TO CRIMES OF VIOLENCE IN OUR HOUSES OF WORSHIP. WE WILL BRING TO BEAR ALL OF OUR ATF INVESTIGATIVE RESOURCES AND TECHNICAL EFFORTS WHEN WE HAVE A SITUATION TO OCCUR IN THE COMMUNITY CONCERNING CHURCH FIRES. WE WILL BRING IN OUR CERTIFIED FIRE INVESTIGATORS. WE WILL BRING IN OUR CANINE AND EXPLOSIVES HANDLERS AND OUR DOGS. WE WILL BRING IN OUR NATIONAL RESPONSE TEAM. WE TAKE THESE CRIMES SERIOUSLY. WE UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT THAT IT CAN HAVE ON A COMMUNITY. WE CAN UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT THAT IT HAS ON THE CHURCH. WE HAVE, AND IT'S BEEN DEMONSTRATED OVER THE PAST TEN DAYS TO BRING THE INDIVIDUAL OR INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS RESPONSIBLE TO JUSTICE. TODAY IS A GOOD DAY. >> YES, IT IS. >> TODAY IS A GREAT DAY. LET ME REPHRASE THAT. TODAY IS A GREAT DAY. IN MY CAREER I HAVE WORKED MORE THAN A FEW INVESTIGATIONS, YOU KNOW, INVOLVING CHURCH ARSONS. WITH TODAY'S ARREST, AND I'M GOING TO GO A LITTLE OFF SCRIPT BECAUSE THE GOVERNOR AND THE MARSHALS STOLE SOME OF MY THUNDER HERE. >> YOU TALK BETTER OFF SCRIPT. TALK FROM THE HEART. >> BUT WITH TODAY'S ARREST I WANT TO SEND A STRONG MESSAGE TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO WISH TO CONTINUE TO ENGAGE IN THIS HEINOUS, SENSELESS CRIME. I WANT TO SAY THIS. THAT THE CHURCH IS A SACRED PLACE THAT GOES WITHOUT QUESTION. IT IS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR FAITH AND IT IS WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS BUILT ON. IT IS BUILT ON A BELIEF IN A HIGHER POWER. THAT IS WHAT GUIDES US. THAT IS WHAT KEEPS US SAFE. THAT IS WHAT GIVES US COMFORT. THE CHURCH IS A PLACE THAT WE GO TO TO FELLOWSHIP. IT IS A PLACE WE GO TO TO PRAY. IT IS A PLACE WE GO TO COMMUNICATE WITH GOD. IT IS A PLACE THAT WE GROW UP IN. IT IS A PLACE WE ARE BAPTIZED IN. IT IS A PLACE OUR FAMILY MEMBERS WHEN THEY PASS WE GO TO CELEBRATE THEIR LIVES AND THEIR DEATH. IT IS A PLACE THAT WHEN THE PRESSURES OF LIFE HAVE BECOME TOO GREAT AND IT HAS BROUGHT US TO OUR KNEES WE GO TO CHURCH TO LOOK FOR GUIDANCE. WE GO TO CHURCH TO LOOK FOR STRENGTH. WE GO TO CHURCH TO ADDRESS AND TO DEAL WITH OUR PAIN AND OUR HURT. I WANT TO SAY TO THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ENGAGE IN THESE TYPES OF CRIMES, YOU HAVE CAUSED PAIN AND YOU HAVE CAUSED HURT. BUT KNOW THIS, THAT YOU CANNOT DESTROY OUR FAITH. >> AMEN. >> THAT'S RIGHT. >> WE CAN HAVE CHURCH ANYWHERE. >> THAT'S RIGHT. >> WE CAN HAVE CHURCH IN A PARKING LOT, WE CAN HAVE A CHURCH IN A FIELD. AS MANY OF US KNOW, WHEN WE DOING OUR, YOU KNOW, BUILDING FUND, WE CAN HAVE CHURCH UNDER A TENT. WE CAN HAVE CHURCH ON A PORCH. AND KNOW THIS, WE'LL HAVE CHURCH IN THE VERY PARKING LOT WHERE THE BUILDING YOU DESTROYED WILL STAND AS A REMEMBRANCE TO US THAT GOD IS STILL WITH US. YOU HAVE DESTROYED A BUILDING. BUT YOU HAVE NOT DESTROYED OUR FAITH. >> THAT'S RIGHT. >> WE WILL REBUILD THESE CHURCHES. THE COMMUNITY WILL SUPPORT THESE CHURCHES. THE CHURCHES WILL SUPPORT EACH OTHER. AND YOUR ACTS OF VIOLENCE, UNDERSTAND THIS, REGARDLESS OF YOUR MOTIVES, YOU HAVE ONLY DESTROYED A BUILDING. WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IS BROUGHT US TOGETHER. YOU HAVE RESTORED OUR FAITH IN GOD. YOU HAVE BROUGHT PEOPLE TOGETHER THAT DID NOT KNOW EACH OTHER BEFORE BUT THAT WILL BE BINDED BY THE EVENTS. SO WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IS THIS, YOU'VE DONE NOTHING BUT INCREASED OUR FAITH, INCREASED THE MESSAGE OF GOD AND WE WILL MOVE FORWARD. SO IN CLOSING I WILL SAY AGAIN THIS. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE, TO ALL OF OUR INVESTIGATORS, FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. TO THE PASTORS. TO THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY. TO THE SUPPORT OF THE CONGREGATIONS. AND HOPEFULLY TODAY'S ARREST WILL BRING SOME SENSE OF PEACE AND UNDERSTAND K THAT HOPEFULLY WE HAVE PUT AN END TO THIS VIOLENT ACTIVITY. AS I SAID IN MY REMARKS, TODAY'S NOT JUST A GOOD DAY. TODAY IS A GREAT DAY. OUR FEDERAL INVESTIGATION WILL CONTINUE WE ARE NOT DOPE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE ANY AND ALL INDIVIDUALS IF THERE ARE OTHER VIMS THAT HAVE ENGAGED OR INVOLVED IN THIS, THAT THEY WILL BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. SO, AGAIN, AS I SAID, KNOW THIS INDIVIDUALS TODAY YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING MORE BUT TO RESTORE OUR FAITH IN GOD AND TO BRING A COMMUNITY TOGETHER AND TO UNITE US ALL. THANK YOU. >> NOW I CAN BRING UP THE FBI TO MAKE COMMENTS. >> GOOD MORNING. FIRST AND FOREMOST OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE CONGREGATIONS. RIGHT TO PRACTICE YOUR FAITH. FREELY AND WITHOUT INTIMIDATION. THE TEAMWORK AND COLLABORATION HAS BEEN EXEMPLARY. ESPECIALLY WITH THE LOUISIANA STATE FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE, THE ST. LANDRY'S PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE, THE ATF, AND THE STATE POLICE. AND OF COURSE THE BRAVE PEOPLE OF THIS COMMUNITY. THE FBI IS CURRENTLY WORKING WITH OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERS TO DETERMINE IF THIS INCIDENT WAS BIAS MOTIVATED. LET ME BE CLEAR, THE FBI NEW ORLEANS FIELD OFFICE WILL CONTINUE TO COLLABORATE AND COORDINATE URETERS WITH OUR PARTNERS STANDING HERE TODAY. THESE CRIMINAL ACTIONS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. AND WE WILL ENSURE JUSTICE IS SOUGHT FOR ALL VICTIMS. THANK YOU. >> NOW I GET TO INTRODUCE THE SHERIFF OF ST. LANDRY'S PARISH. >> THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING. WHAT A PHENOMENAL TEAM WE HAD HERE. I MEAN IT WAS JUST, I HOPE IT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN, BUT IF IT DOES Y'ALL COMING BACK. GOT TO TELL YOU. YOU'RE GOING TO COME BACK. FIRST DAY I MET WITH THE FIRE MARSHAL BUSH BROWNING AND HE TOLD ME SAYS SHERIFF I GOT TO WARN YOU, THESE INVESTIGATORS WITH THE ATF RESPONSE TEAMS DON'T PLAY. I SAID DON'T PLAY? HE SAID THEY DON'T PLAY. THEY QUIT SCHOOL BECAUSE OF RECESS. THEY SERIOUS ABOUT THEIR JOB. SAID WOW. TO ME PRIORITY ONE IN THIS INVESTIGATION FOR ME AND I UNDERSTOOD WHAT MY ROLE WAS TO GET THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER. THE FIRE MARSHAL AND I GOT TOGETHER WITH THE PASTORS AND LET THEM KNOW THAT WE HAD THIS. THAT WE WERE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO GET ALL THE RESOURCES THAT WE COULD TOGETHER AND CATCH THIS INDIVIDUAL. I MADE A PROMISE. I SAID WE'RE GOING TO ARREST HIM. DIDN'T I TELL YOU THAT? I SAID WE'RE GOING TO ARREST HIM. AND AN ARREST WAS MADE. I'M GOING TO MAKE SOME POINTS IN A MINUTE ABOUT HOW THAT HAPPENED. MY GOAL AND MY JOB WAS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OTHER CHURCHES IN THE RURAL AREAS OF THE PARISH. I THINK WE HAVE LIKE 150 PLUS, MAYBE 170 OTHER CHURCHES IN ST. LANDRY PARISH IN THE RURAL AREAS OF THE PARISH. WE ATTEMPTED TO IDENTIFY THE MOST VULNERABLE CHURCHES. THOSE IN THE AREAS THAT COULD POSSIBLY BE SET FIRE AGAINST. DEDICATED OVER TIME. CALL MY CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND SAID DO WHAT IT TAKES. THE PATROL SUPERVISOR, DO WHAT IT TAKES. ASSIGN GUYS OUT THERE. MAKE SURE WE'RE OUT AND PATROLLING. I WANT DEPUTIES GUARDING THESE CHURCHES. BUTCH BROWNING AND I MET DAILY TO DISCUSS OPTIONS AND DIRECTIONS. WE CALLED IN THE FBI. WE CALLED IN THE ATF FIRE RESPONSE TEAM. THE LOUISIANA STATE POLICE. THE LOCAL FIRE DISTRICT 3. WE PROVIDED INVESTIGATORS FROM OUR OFFICE. WE MET WITH THE LOCAL PASTORS. THEY GAVE US SOME IDEAS. WE GAVE THEM SOME SUGGESTIONS AND WE WORKED TOGETHER. EVERYBODY WORKED AS A TEAM. AND I SEE WHERE SOME MEDIA OUTLETS PREMATURELY REPORTED THE SUSPECT HOLDEN MATTHEW'S FATHER TURNED HIM IN. NOW LET ME CORRECT THAT. THAT IS NOT, LET ME REPEAT. THAT IS NOT TRUE. HOLDEN MATTHEWS' FATHER DID NOT TURN HIM IN. WE DID NOT GET ANY TIPS FROM THE HOTLINE. WE GOT A LOT OF TIPS FROM THE PUBLIC AND WE INVESTIGATED THOSE TIPS AND LEADS. BUT THIS CASE WAS NOT SOLVED WITH TIPS FROM THE PUBLIC. BUT MANY CAME IN. THIS CASE WAS SOLVED BECAUSE OF THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT WERE ASSIGNED WERE COMPETENT AND DRIVEN TO MAKE AN ARREST. THIS CASE WAS SOLVED BECAUSE OF THE BOOTS ON THE GROUND AND THE BUTTS IN THE AIR. THEY DIDN'T STOP. BECAUSE OF HOLDEN'S FATHER OR ANYONE ELSE TURNING HIM IN. IT DIDN'T HAPPEN. AS WE ALL KNOW BY NOW, HOLDEN'S FATHER IS AN EMPLOYEE OF MINE. HE WAS SHOCKED AND HURT, AS ANY FATHER WOULD BE. MY HEART WENT OUT TO HIM YESTERDAY WHEN WE NOTIFIED HIM TO COME IN. AND I TALKED TO HIM AND THE NEWS WAS BROKE TO HIM. THIS INVESTIGATIVE TEAM WAS SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE OF THE THOUSAND HOURS OF TEAMWORK, THE DEDICATED MAN POWER AT OUR DISPOSAL. THIS TEAM WAS PHENOMENAL. I SET THEM UP ACROSS THE STREET IN THIS NEW BUILDING AND WHEN I WALK IN IT THIS THE MORNING TO SIGH WHAT I COULD DO, I WAS IN THE WAY. I GOT OUT OF THE WAY. A LOT OF EQUIPMENT RESOURCE THAT WAS MADE AVAILABLE TO US. AND BASIC OLD FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. YOU CANNOT SOLVE A CASE UNLESS YOU DO GOOD, BASIC, OLD FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. IN CLOSING I WANT TO SAY I SPEAK ON BEHALF OF ST. LANDRY PARISH CITIZENS IN IT THANKING THE GOVERNOR FOR PROVIDING US THE STATE MARSHAL SERVICES, THE EXPERTISE. THE FIRE MARSHAL FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND GUIDANCE. THE ATF, THE FBI AND ALL OTHERS THAT HELPED US. WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT ALONE. IT WAS TEAMWORK. I SAY THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU. >> THANK YOU. THANK YOU, SHERIFF. >> YOU'VE BEEN LISTENING TO AN UPDATE FROM OFFICIALS IN LOUISIANA ON THOSE THREE HISTORICALLY BLACK CHURCHES THAT WERE ALL VICTIMS OF ARSON. AND SO THEY DO HAVE A SUSPECT IN CUSTODY. THEY BELIEVE HE IS CONNECTED TO THOSE THREE FIRES. WE'LL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS STORY. >>> THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THE IRS WILL ANNOUNCE THAT MICHAEL AVENNATI IS FACING A 36 COUNT GRAND JURY INDICTMENT. THE ATTORNEY KNOWN FOR REPRESENTING ACTRESS STORMY DANIELS IN LAWSUITS AGAINST DONALD TRUMP IS BEING INDICTED ON CHARGES INCLUDING FRAUD, PERJURY, EMBEZZLEMENT AND OTHER FINANCIAL CRIMES. HE FACES UP TO 335 YEARS IN PRISON IF CONVICTED. AVENNATI, WHO IS OUT OF JAIL ON BOND FOR SEPARATE FEDERAL CHARGES TWEETED THIS MORNING THAT HE DOES NOT AGREE WITH THE NEW CHARGES AND HE PLANS TO PLEAD NOT GUILTY. >>> WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK. WHEN WE COME BACK, A LOT MORE NEWS. STICK AROUND. BE RIGHT BACK.

50 thoughts on “Black church fires in Louisiana: Officials give update after arresting a suspect, live stream

  1. i am sorry these churches were burnt down i call for no attacks on black or white but CBS now they should be worried they none stop stoke and call for violence, some day it will come back to them ….

  2. i am sorry these churches were burnt down i call for no attacks on black or white but CBS now they should be worried they none stop stoke and call for violence, some day it will come back to them ….

  3. Another white man attacking minorities by burning down their churches. This is why we need to take full advantage of the weak gun laws this country has and learn to execute point blank in the head, perpetrators such as this man. Let's see how well WHITE PRIVILEGE benefits him.

  4. THIS IS A SETUP BY THE DEMOCRATS TO MAKE TRUMP LOOK BAD DONT BE FOOLED
    They gonna blame a jewish man or a white nationalist but i wont understand why they do this, everyone should be together and not apart in these times, respect each other

  5. What I don't like about fake news is they automatically go towards this was an attack on black folks, but if we look at the similarities of all three of these churche they were Baptist this person was attacking God not black folks.

  6. 🗣️📢 it's always the same picture the white community wants black people to pray for the family of the perpetrator of crimes what mentality ideology and effect would that have on anybody black.. because at the end of the day that ideology does not exist. Sorry

  7. OHHH THE SHERIFFS SON?? A position WHICH traditionally in this country gives the holder a get out of jail free card. ALSO..a position which traditionally allows you to take, steal, rape, burn and do whatever you want in the south.

  8. MY UNCLE GOD REST HIS SOUL WAS A FIRE CHIEF IC INSURANCE JOB I USED TO SIT AROUND AS A CHILD AND HEAR MY UNCLE AND MY FATHER TALK ABOUT PEOPLE THAT DID STUFF LIKE THIS. 😇 SERIOUSLY.

  9. I WONDER HOW LONG THEY'VE BEEN PAYING THEIR INSURANCE BILL THEY WILL REBUILD AND IT'LL PUT A LITTLE NICKEL IN THEIR POCKET SERIOUSLY, YOU CAN'T SEE THE FOREST THROUGH THE TREES.

  10. Why did I instinctively know the suspect was a white male!….the msm will of course milk it …."white nationalist"….the white devil, has to be blamed…this smells, of a false flag, purpurtrated, by a left wing, anti American, to induce racial tension,…it's so formulaic, (like the new Zealand shooting)….that any one with any discernment, can see right through it!!….they are using left wing white radicals, to frame the crime, on white, conservatives!..it's called a false flag!!

  11. Please Democratics keep running on hatred. Please Democratics keep saying whites are the problem in this country. Please Democratics keep saying resist because here is what happens are you proud of yourselves.

  12. Those who he has done wrong will forgive him for his sins. God allowed for him to be stopped from any more destructive behavior. I hope we can take this as an opportunity to rebuild and become stronger.

  13. Country is built on "faith" and superstition? She must be high. No, it's not. Another myth perpetrated by the right. This is a hateful tragedy, and they have to go there. It's not about your faith, the guy is probably christian as well, same mythology. It's an attack on the people and their identity.

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