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ATF offering reward for information on series of arson fires during civil unrest in Louisville

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

The Louisville Field Division of the U. S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering rewards for information leading to the arrest and convictions of those responsible for a series of arson fires during civil unrest in Louisville that took place between June and September.

The ATF is offering rewards of up to $5,000 per event in six incidents, which the agency is investigating, along with the Louisville Metro Arson Bureau. They include:

• June 1 intentionally set fire at Dino’s Food Mart located at 2601 West Broadway.

• Sept. 23 Molotov cocktail at Churchill Downs located at 700 Central Avenue.

• Sept. 23 attempted arson at the Hall of Justice located at 6th and Jefferson.

• Sept. 24 attempted arson at the Louisville Free Public Library located at 301 York Street.

• Sept. 24 intentionally set fire at Red Dog Liquors located at 2930 Wilson Avenue.

• Sept. 26 arson of a Spalding University vehicle at the corner of Breckenridge and South 4th Streets.

• They are also seeking information on the Sept. 25 robbery of the Hungry Pelican restaurant located at 5412 Bardstown Road in Louisville. The suspects, armed with handguns, robbed the restaurant and its employees.

This investigation is being conducted by Louisville Metro Police, with the assistance of ATF and the FBI.

Anyone with information on the outstanding cases to contact the ATF tip line: 1-888-ATF-FIRE / (888) 283-3473 or send a text to 63975.

ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction involving violent crime investigations involving arson and arson-for-profit and conducting fire scene examinations. More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.

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