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.