Suspect charged after church arson in Seattle's Rainier Valley

  • Source: KING 5 News
  • Published: 10/27/2018 02:40 PM

The suspect from a church arson in Seattle's Rainier Valley on October 18 was charged Friday. Miles L. Stanstad was charged with attempted arson and assault. He is accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at Iglesia Ni Cristo during an evening church service, with more than 200 people inside. Charging documents state that Stanstad also threw two Molotov cocktails at a church guard, but the guard was not injured. Prosecutors requested an increase in bail from $500,000 to $750,000 to "account for the grave danger that the defendant poses to the community." Stanstad is also considered a flight risk. The suspect has little ties to Seattle and was known to be staying at a homeless camp, according to charging documents. He has previous arrests and a conviction from California. Church leaders spoke about the suspect's arrest this week. “We were relieved when we found out the suspect had been apprehended,” said district minister Barrington Thompson.


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