"I don't know what this young man's motive was. but I can say it cannot be justified or rationalised". The maximum penalty for each counts is 15 years in prison. Black metal has an association with church burnings in other parts of the world, he said. Shortly after, State Fire Marshal Butch Browning admitted all three incidents displayed concerning "patterns". I can never give total condolences to these church communities for the losses of their places of worship.
Pleasant Baptist said. "It caused us to pray harder, and pray more frequently". Investigators learned that a Walmart in Opelousas was a local seller of the Scepter-branded can. Authorities in southern Louisiana are investigating a string of "suspicious" fires at three African American churches in recent days.
The debit card used in that purchase belonged to Matthews, according to court documents.
Investigators also obtained surveillance photos of the purchaser and the pickup he was driving.
Matthews' father Roy Matthews is a deputy at the local sheriff's department but was not involved in the investigation.
For Pastor Toussaint, Wednesday afternoon's arrest brought a sigh of relief.
Johnson cited a rise in hate crimes since President Trump took office and said hie organization has asked Congress for hearings on the resurgence of the incidents. The State Fire Marshal's Office launched an investigation to determine the origins of the blaze.
The churches were empty at the time of each fire and no one was hurt.
In two Facebook posts on October 24, Matthews appears to admit he illegally carries a handgun, in addition a knife and dagger. On March 26, flames reduced St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre to just a few walls and piles of rubble.
Holden Matthews, 21, who is the son of a St Landry Parish officer, was arrested on Wednesday, said officials.
The deputy knew nothing about his son's alleged activities, Guidroz said.
"When I had to call [Deputy Matthews] in and we sat him down and told him what we wanted [his son] here for, he broke down", Guidroz said. He was in awful shape. A Thursday news conference at the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office is planned.
And one church leader expressed concerns that the threat may not be over yet. "It started off a dark moment in our life, but I think with the rebuilding process you're going to see some things in the future that's going to be very bright for our churches". The city of 16,000 people was set on edge by blazes, which evoked memories of civil rights terrorism.
A pickup truck which investigators believe was driven by the suspect was caught on CCTV leaving the vehicle park of Greater Union Baptist Church, one of the buildings that was set on fire, shortly before it caught the blaze took hold. As such, the events in Louisiana also conjure up painful memories from the Jim Crow era, when church burnings inspired by hatred were common, particularly in the South.