Lancaster man ordered to trial for arson at City Hall

Lancaster
Dwaine London, Jr.

A Lancaster man is headed to trial for an arson that damaged the entrance to Lancaster City Hall.

Dwain London Jr., 29, was ordered to court on all charges after a preliminary hearing this week.

Police say London bought the gasoline and paid an accomplice $40 to set the fire at 120 North Duke Street. A city-owned vehicle was also set ablaze.

Surveillance video shows London buying the gas at a Turkey Hill store and driving the accomplice to city hall during the early morning of May 23, police said.

According to the criminal complaint, London had been confrontational with city councilors during a meeting the previous night. The meeting addressed several rental properties owned and managed by London and his father that were being condemned for multiple safety violations.

London is in Lancaster County Prison on $2 million bail. He is charged with eight felonies, including multiple counts of arson and terrorism.

Patrick J. Baker, 18, of York, is also charged. He waived a preliminary hearing and all charges were bound over to court.

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