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2nd suspect charged with setting fire to Lancaster City Hall

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) - A second person has been arrested for setting fires that damaged the entrance of Lancaster City Hall and a city-owned car last month.

Police say 18-year-old Patrick Baker conspired with Dwain London Jr. to set the fires on the early morning of May 23. London was arrested Tuesday.

Police said Baker, of York, was with London when London purchased gasoline at a Turkey Hill convenience store. Surveillance cameras also recorded Baker when London dropped him off in the area of North Queen and Chestnut streets, and as he carried a can of gasoline toward North Duke Street.

Baker admitted to detectives that London paid him $40 to start the fires, police said in a criminal complaint.

London, 29, attended a city council meeting the previous night and became confrontational with council members. The meeting addressed several rental properties owned and managed by London and his father that were being condemned for multiple safety violations, according to the complaint.

Both men are charged with arson, terrorism, institutional vandalism, and criminal conspiracy. They are in Lancaster County Prison on $2 million bail each.

Police said the doors burned in the fire were handmade in the 19th Century and cannot be saved. Damage to the doors and the stone front of city hall is estimated at $70,000.

 


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