BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) — Federal authorities say three Baton Rouge residents have been charged with deliberately setting fire to multiple area buildings on May 31 and June 1. While in custody, the trio allegedly admitted to attending demonstrations on Siegen Lane prior to the events and being motivated to commit the crimes as part of the “protest activities concerning police conduct.”
Terry Lemond Dorsey, 21, Kenyatta Sheire Huggins, 22, and Shamyrin Djhodi Johnson, 22, were charged with “conspiracy to maliciously damage or destroy by fire buildings used in interstate commerce,” according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The criminal complaint further alleges that on June 4, Dorsey, Huggins and Johnson were arrested on state charges and while in custody, admitted to conspiring with one another to set fire to commercial buildings.
They stated that, prior to setting the fires, they attended the protests on Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge. Each stated that he or she was motived [sic] to commit arson as part of the current protest activities concerning police conduct.U.S. Department of Justice, Tuesday, June 9, 2020
The criminal complaint alleges:
- On May 31, St. George Fire Protection District investigators responded to a fire at Tai Industries, Inc., 6410 Fieldstone Drive.
- On June 1, St. George Fire Protection District investigated a suspicious fire at AutoZone Auto Parts Store, 11554 Airline Highway.
- On June 1, Baton Rouge Fire Department investigators responded to two separate fires: at Tiger Tire Shop, 4415 Plank Road and at AAA Tire Shop, 6160 Airline Highway.
If convicted on federal charges, each defendant faces a sentence of five to twenty years in prison.