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FORMER DEMOCRAT PARTY VOLUNTEER ARRESTED FOR BURNING DOWN AZ DEMOCRAT HEADQUARTERS


On July 24th Democrats were quick to scapegoat Republicans for a fire that destroyed the Democrat Party headquarters in Phoenix. Police have now arrested Matthew Egler for the blaze and revealed he is a former Democrat volunteer.

Egler was dismissed from his volunteer duties, causing him to seek revenge by setting a fire that burned the headquarters to the ground. Police caught up with the disgruntled arsonist after he gloated about it online.

The suspect explained his actions in a Twitter video post under the words "Arizona State Democratic Party and Maricopa County Democratic Party BOMBING."

In his delusions, the proud Democrat also claims to be married and to have impregnated the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, posting:

"SO if im married to Ivanka Trump, and shes pregnant, then who is the Government? That makes me First Family! so who is the idiot on t.v? whats going on? the evidence Supports me! What is going on here?!?!...Also remember that many videos have been edited by hackers to make me appear as of i am a terrorist or edited to destroy evidence, thanks!"

On Wednesday, Phoenix Police confirmed the arrest on Twitter while posting security camera footage of the fire, writing "ARREST MADE: 29-year-old Matthew Egler has been arrested in connection with the fire set to the Democratic Party Headquarters. The fire happened after midnight on Friday, July 24 near Central and Thomas in Downtown Phoenix. The fire caused substantial damage to the building."

The blaze occurred early Friday morning in central Phoenix. The 29-year-old Egler is charged with one count of arson of an occupied structure, which is a class two felony in Arizona.

A joint press release from the Phoenix fire and police departments revealed that Egler was released from his responsibilities at the headquarters “due to the nature of his previous behavior.”

The statement confirmed not only did the suspect brag about setting the fire on his social media, he threatened more to come.

“We are deeply saddened and shocked by today’s news, but appreciate the swift action by law enforcement to ensure that the suspect is in custody,” the joint statement by Arizona Democratic Party Chair Felecia Rotellini and Maricopa County Chair Steven Slugocki read.

Authorities say a man who appears to be Egler on the surveillance camera arrives at the building on Central Avenue near Thomas Road in a Pontiac Vibe before breaking a glass door, setting a fire, and quickly making his escape by car.

KTAR News 92.3 FM reports that Phoenix Fire Capt. Rob McDade said that the suspect used a chemical that made the flames particularly strong.

“We can tell you it’s a dangerous accelerant and this person knew what they were doing,” he stated. “When they put that accelerant out there they knew that it was going to quickly cause a lot of destruction, and that’s exactly what it did.”

Just before 1 a.m. the local fire department was at the scene and extinguished the fire; however, the damage had already taken its toll.

“Fire investigators were there 15 minutes after that fire started.…Early on into this event we knew that this was arson,” McDade revealed.

The Arizona Democratic Party and Maricopa County Democratic Party shared the building, with the side belonging to the county taking most of the damage.

Egler's Pontiac with out-of-state plates was found abandoned in Chandler, Ariz. Edler was taken into police custody in Peoria near his father's residence after a search warrant was served.

A spokesman for the Arizona Democratic Party said they do not believe the fire will slow down operations because the staff has been working from home since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s sad from the standpoint of all the memories that were in there and the memorabilia, but for the most part we’re focused on what’s ahead and that nobody was injured,” communications director for the Arizona Democratic Party Matt Grodsky said to KTAR News last week.

The efforts to solve the arson were led by members of a joint task force made up of personnel from the Phoenix fire and police departments and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.