BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Another suspect has been federally charged in connection to an arson during the Baltimore Riots.

Authorities say 19-year-old Donta Betts, of Baltimore, has been charged with attempted arson of a police cruisier, and unlawfully making of a destructive device.

Betts was arrested back on July 7, 2015 on unrelated state charges.

According to charging documents, just before 5:00 p.m. on April 27, 2015, surveillance video captures Betts removing the gas cap from a Baltimore Police cruiser and then placing a piece of flammable material into the fuel filler pipe, igniting the cruiser as a result.

Betts is also seen is additional video and photos setting fire to a roll of toilet paper with lighter fluid atop incendiary materials.

A young man pours lighter fluid on a flaming pile of propane tanks at the intersection of North Ave. and Pennsylvania Ave. in Baltimore, MD on Monday, April 27, 2015. Violence broke out after the funeral of Freddie Gray who died from spinal injuries on April 19, about a week after he was arrested and taken into custody by Baltimore police. CREDIT: ATF

A young man pours lighter fluid on a flaming pile of propane tanks at the intersection of North Ave. and Pennsylvania Ave. in Baltimore, MD on Monday, April 27, 2015. Violence broke out after the funeral of Freddie Gray who died from spinal injuries on April 19, about a week after he was arrested and taken into custody by Baltimore police. CREDIT: ATF

Surveillance video even captures Betts carrying items out of  a burning CVS located on Pennsylvania Avenue, throwing rocks at police and attempting to tip over MTA vehicles during the unrest.

Betts faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, and a maximum of 20 years in prison for attempted arson; five years in prison for civil disorder; and 10 years in prison for the unlawful making of a destructive device.

The investigation into this and other arsons that occurred on April 27, 2015, is continuing.

Anyone with information is urged to call the ATF hotline, 1-888-ATF-FIRE (1-888-283-3473). ATF continues to offer a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any individual responsible for these incidents.

 

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