TAMPA — A man accused of setting fire to a Tampa Champs store during unrest following the death of George Floyd is in custody.
What You Need To Know
- Terrance Lee Hester, Jr., 20, arrested
- He faces federal arson charges, accused in Champs fire
- Damage occurred amid protests in Tampa after George Floyd death
Terrance Lee Hester, Jr., 20, faces a criminal complaint, according to a release from United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez.
The Champs location was damaged in late May during one of several nights of civil unrest in the city. The protests came after the Memorial Day death of Floyd, with four officers having been charged.
Investigators said the building was engulfed in fire, with about $1.25 million worth of damage reported to Champs and nearby businesses.
"Video footage obtained by investigators revealed that Hester was one of the individuals participating in the civil disturbance, and that he tossed a flaming piece of cloth into the Champs store through a broken window," the news release stated.
Hester faces a criminal complaint of "damaging or destroying by fire a building used in interstate commerce."
The case is still being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Tampa Police Department, and Tampa Fire Rescue.