Charlottetown man charged in 2 arsons, including burning of Pride flag

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Charlottetown Police say a 23-year-old man was arrested over the weekend, and released Tuesday with conditions set on his behaviour pending his return to court. (Wayne Thibodeau/CBC - image credit)
Charlottetown Police say a 23-year-old man was arrested over the weekend, and released Tuesday with conditions set on his behaviour pending his return to court. (Wayne Thibodeau/CBC - image credit)

A 23-year-old man has been charged with two counts of arson in connection to fires set last week in Charlottetown, including the burning of a Pride flag.

City police said in a release Wednesday that the man was arrested over the weekend after he was identified with the help of E-watch and local business surveillance footage from downtown Charlottetown.

The two incidents happened in the early morning of July 19.

In the first, a Pride flag attached to a home on Sydney Street was set on fire at 1 a.m., causing some damage to the building's siding before it was extinguished.

A few hours later, two witnesses saw someone place a flaming cup on top of an electrical box at a University Avenue home, and a man running away.

Members of the city's LGBTQ+ community reacted with shock to the incidents, which happened while Charlottetown's annual Pride Festival was taking place. A well-known member of the community lives in the house where the Pride flag was burned.

Police said the man charged was released Tuesday morning, and will appear in court at a later date.

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