Authorities on Wednesday announced an arrest in a arson attack that destroyed the large headquarters of the Arizona and Maricopa County Democratic Party.
Phoenix police said Matthew Egler, 29, was registered for one arson of occupied buildings.
Taxing documents Phoenix received from KPNX-TV, police said Egler was a volunteer for the Maricopa County Democratic Party, but was banned for the behavior. Investigators say the fire was revenge after he was recently rejected again as a volunteer.
“We are very saddened and shocked by today’s news, but we appreciate the urgent law enforcement action to secure the suspect’s detention,” state and county Democrat leaders said in a statement.
ARIZONA DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY BUILDING BUILDING FIRE INCREASES ARSON, POLICE SAYS
The message left on the mobile phone number provided to Egler̵7;s family was not returned immediately. It was not immediately known whether he had a lawyer to speak on his behalf.
Police also mention in tax documents that Egler discussed the onset of the fire and his “dissatisfaction” with county Democrat officials on his Twitter account.
In his Twitter account with the Valley Leader handle, he shows several videos depicting a man reminiscent of a photo of Egler published by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office talking about the fire. The man also claims to be married to Ivanka Trump.
The outbreak occurred early Friday in a business district a few miles north of Phoenix city center. According to the investigators, the evidence showed it was arson.
The building is a long-standing home for state and county democrats. The northern part of the building, where Maricopa County Democrat operations are being carried out, has been completely unprofitable, county chairman Steven Slugock said. According to him, the damage was less in the part of the state party building.
The fire destroyed computers, tablets, telephone banking equipment, campaign literature and candidate and organized information of the year, Slugocki said. He also burned down political memories accumulated over decades, including campaign material for John F. Kennedy.
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The fire was also condemned by Arizona Republican Party leaders.