The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) released additional images related to an arson fire that was set at St. John’s Episcopal Church during the racial justice demonstrations in May 2020, asking for the public’s assistance to find the perpetrators.
ATF said in a statement that it is still offering a reward of up to $25,000 for anyone who can provide information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the church fire.
AThe incident is currently being investigated by the ATF/DC Arson & Explosives Task Force, which includes the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), and DC Fire & EMS.
The investigation focuses on an individual who is wearing a yellow hoodie, and a multi-colored jacket — one sleeve is blue, and the other one is reddish — in the newly released surveillance photos.
.@ATFWashington & our law enforcement partners continue to search for the person(s) responsible for the arson fire in St. John’s Church during the civil unrest in D.C. last May. New images show an individual investigators would like to identify. More at https://t.co/bur5U3i1co. pic.twitter.com/FsUk2ODHpQ
— ATF Washington (@ATFWashington) February 3, 2021
On May 31, the historic church located at 1525 H Street Northwest was damaged after protests against police brutality near the White House which broke out in response to the police killing of George Floyd turned violent.
Known as the “Church of the Presidents,” the church welcomed every president since James Madison for services.
Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact the ATF at 1-888-ATF-Fire / (888) 283-3473 or the MPD at (202) 727-9099. You can also submit information by emailing ATFTips@atf.gov or via ATF’s website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips.
Alternatively, the reportit® app — available through the Google Play Store, Apple App Store, and at www.reportit.com — can be used for anonymously reporting.