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‘Act of anarchy': N.C. cruisers set on fire, destroyed

Police chief: “This is just pure anarchist behavior. This is the kind of thing that we need to eradicate from this community”


WYFF News 4

By Sarah Roebuck

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Asheville Police Department is searching for a person or persons who set fire to two marked police cruisers, according to WYFF.

In the early morning on Aug. 14, the Asheville Fire Department responded to a church parking lot to extinguish two cruisers that had been set on fire. The unoccupied vehicles were completely destroyed.

“This is an act of anarchy,” Chief David Zack told WYFF. “You’re not making a statement. You’re not achieving a goal. You’re not changing anyone’s mind about anything. This is just pure anarchist behavior, and this is the kind of thing that we need to eradicate from this community and certain other communities in this country.”

The FBI is assisting in the investigation.

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer released the following statement:

“The recent incidents of violence targeting elected officials and city employees are completely unacceptable. Personal attacks and acts of violence have no place in our city. While we may hold different opinions on various issues, let us unite as a community condemning violence and reaffirm our dedication to fostering a respectful and constructive dialogue among ourselves.”

Detectives are asking anyone who has any information about this case or knows the identity of the person(s) responsible to contact APD at 828-252-1110. You can send an anonymous tip using the TIP2APD smartphone application (search “Asheville PD” in your app store) or by texting TIP2APD to 847411.