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Man accused of torching ECU police cruiser

The man is accused of torching an ECU police cruiser.
The man is accused of torching an ECU police cruiser.(ECU police)
Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 11:33 AM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A Pennsylvania man is accused of setting an East Carolina University police cruiser on fire.

Fernando Laurens, of Pittsburgh, was charged with three counts of arson to personal property, along with resist, delay and obstructing a police officer. The 19-year-old Laurens is not an ECU student, according to a news release.

ECU says the police cruiser was parked off-campus at a university building on Charles Boulevard Tuesday afternoon when it was set on fire. The university says Greenville Fire/Rescue quickly arrived and damage was limited to the rear of the vehicle.

Officers were able to get a description of the suspect from camera footage and an ECU patrol sergeant spotted Laurens on 10th Street near South Founders Drive. After an attempt to run, Laurens was taken into custody, police say. We’re told that Laurens was arrested with a milk jug containing what police believe was gasoline.

He is being held on a $50,000 secured bond and ECU says they don’t yet know of a motive.

SBI agents were called in to process the crime scene, while Greenville police are assisting ECU police with the investigation.

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