Man arrested for arsons in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man is in custody in connection to a string of arsons on Grand Rapids’ northwest side. 

Grand Rapids police say 34-year-old Demaar Lee McLaughlin is facing five charges, including two counts of third-degree arson, two counts of preparing to burn property worth between $1,000 and $20,000 and one count of fourth-degree arson.

The charges stem from a series of fires that happened on April 23. Two buildings, five vehicles and three trash/recycle bins were destroyed, firefighters said. The arsons also damaged four additional buildings and two other vehicles.

A motive for the fires is unclear.

McLaughlin remains in the Kent County jail without bond. 

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