According to police, a Boston man has been arrested in connection with a fire set on fire in the city’s bulletin. The Boston Electoral Department informed the secretary of the British Community Office that the fire was started around 4 o’clock on Sunday morning. a ballot box in front of the main branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Boston police said officers responded at 4:11 a.m. in the area of 700 Boylston Street, where the library’s main branch is located. When they arrived at the scene, police saw Boston firefighters willing to smoke coming from the ballot box. The urn appears to be on fire, but firefighters have not been able to determine if the fire was burning inside, according to police. The crews eventually managed to put out the fire by filling the box with water. Police released photos of the suspect on Sunday night, and police at the Copley Square patrol saw a man matching the description at about 1
Police say a Boston man has been arrested in connection with a fire that was set on fire in the city’s ballot box.
The Electoral Department in Boston informed the Secretary of the British Community Office that the fire was lit around 4 am on Sunday in the ballot box in front of the main branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.
Boston police said officers responded at 4:11 a.m. in the area of 700 Boylston Street, where the library’s main branch is located. When they arrived at the scene, police saw Boston firefighters willing to smoke coming from the ballot box.
The ballot box appears to be on fire, but firefighters have not been able to determine if the fire was burning inside, police said. The crews eventually managed to put out the fire by filling the box with water.
Police released photos of the suspect on Sunday night, and police on patrol in the area of Copley Square saw a man matching the description around 10:50 p.m. During a conversation with the man, 39-year-old Wardy Armand, police found that he was an active order from the Ipswich District Court to retrieve the stolen property and detain it.
While he was in police custody, members of the fire investigation unit were able to identify Armand as a suspect in the urn fire and accused him of deliberate and malicious burning.
I would like to thank the Boston Police Department for their prompt action, our law enforcement partners and community members, all of whom played a role in leading to the arrest of the suspect in the Copley Square ballot incident. statement from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. “From our election workers working hard to keep track of every legible ballot in this box, to our firefighters who responded quickly to the fire and our police officers who launched an immediate investigation, voters can be assured that our first and “A top priority is to maintain the integrity of our electoral process. We remain committed to hearing their voices in these and all elections and to maintaining transparency and trust among voters.”
The secretary of the British community, William Galvin, contacted the office of the American prosecutor Andrew Lelling, after being informed about the incident on Sunday morning, and also called on the FBI to investigate the “deliberate attack”.
Announcing their investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI issued a statement stating in part: “Over the next few weeks, the main priority of our offices is to help maintain the integrity of the Massachusetts election process by aggressively enforcing federal election laws. “
When the release box was emptied on Sunday morning, 87 of the 122 ballots inside were legible and could be processed. The last time the box was emptied before the fire was just before 2:30 p.m., Saturday.
Galvin told NewsCenter 5 of Julie Lonsch that a complex incendiary device appeared to have been used to start the fire because the damage to the inner plastic lining of the ballot box was severe.
Voters in Boston who used the box in Copley Square between 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday and who failed to acknowledge receipt of their ballot through the state tracking website are urged to immediately contact the Boston Electoral Department.
Affected voters will be mailed a replacement ballot and can cast it or vote in person until 20:00 on election day, November 3. All affected voters who do not submit a new ballot will initially count their ballot as best they can, according to Galvin’s office.
“I sent an emergency directive (Sunday) this afternoon to secure the ballot boxes,” Galvin said. “If possible, leave them in the municipal facilities. If necessary, while we go down the polling station and they need police officers there, that’s what they have to do. We’ll look at compensation later.”
Boston police say Armand is expected to stand trial at Boston City Court.
According to the criminal officer of the district court in Maldon, Armand was arrested on October 11 and charged in connection with a fire in front of the Town Line Inn motel. This case remains open and he must return to court on December 3.