Atlanta— The police of atlanta arrested one woman accused of trying to burn down the house where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was born. In this state.
The agents arrested the 26-year-old woman around 5:45 p.m. Thursday after receiving a report of vandalism in progress in the two-story house in the Auburn Avenue Historic District, the police reported in a statement. Police said a preliminary investigation revealed that the woman had poured gasoline on the property before other people in the place prevented him from setting it on fire.
“We believe she was spraying gasoline on the porch and door of the house.. “His quick action saved a jewel of our city, something very important for Atlanta,” said the head of atlanta policeDarin Schierbaum, to television channel WXIA-TV.
A video recorded by a witness and broadcast on local television shows a young woman dressed in black pants, a black shirt and a black wool hat holding a red gasoline can on the front porch of the house. and spraying a liquid. A police report indicates that the woman was not wearing shoes.
Two men from Utahwho were in Atlanta for work, decided to visit the historic house and They detected the woman pouring a liquid on the bushes, according to the police report. They became suspicious when she did not respond when they asked her if she was watering the plants and other questions.
Once they realized that what he was pouring was gasoline, they begged him to stop and then “They saw no other option but to try to stop her.” with the help of other passersby, the report says. When they tried to stop her,she was trying to set fire to the property and the bushesso they had to take the lighter from her hands and hold her until the police arrived.”
The police report indicates that the woman was taken to a hospital for an psychological evaluation. This charged with attempted arson in the second degree and interference with government property. The historic site is now a museum owned by the National Park Servicewhich also manages it.