Police: Man Set Fires, Painted Racial Slur On His Own Home

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Chesterfield, VA—A Chesterfield County minister of music who claimed he was the victim of a possible hate crime is now facing charges, after an investigation revealed he set two fires and painted a racial slur on his home.

Authorities were called to a home in the 7800 block of Little Ridge Court on March 15 at about 4:30 a.m. A car and the porch of the home were on fire, and a racial slur was painted on the home.

The homeowner, 41-year-old Olander D. Cuthrell, told 8News after the incident that he believed it was a hate crime.

“It's hard now sleeping… There's no peace, there's no sense of security,” he said.

Now, police say they believe it was Cuthrell himself who set the fires and painted the racial slur on the home.

Police say, “Allegations of Civil Rights violations, specifically claims of a Hate Crime, are serious matters, and the FBI assisted the Chesterfield County Police Department in its investigation of the incident.”

Cuthrell has been arrested and faces two felony arson charges. He is currently being held without bond at the Chesterfield County Jail. His hearing is set for April 17 in Chesterfield County General District Court.

Stay with 8News for updates.

Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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