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CHAZ/CHOP cases still being prosecuted: Attempted arson at a police precinct and the shooting of a protester


Tuesday a man was arrested on a federal arson charge for trying to set fire to a police precinct that was at the center of the former CHAZ/CHOP protest area in Seattle. A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the western district of Washington identified the attempted arsonist as Isaiah Thomas Willoughby, age thirty-five.

According to the criminal complaint, in the early morning hours of June 12, 2020, a person in distinctive clothing was captured on surveillance video near debris piled next to the wall of the Seattle Police East Precinct. In the video, the suspect appears to use a small can, similar to a gas can, to pour a liquid on the debris. The suspect steps out of frame, then appears to return with something that he lights on fire and tosses on the debris pile. The pile begins to burn, and the suspect walks away. The fire scorched the side of the building, but was extinguished by those nearby using fire extinguishers, and pulling the flaming debris from the building.

According to the criminal complaint, in the early morning hours of June 12, 2020, a person in distinctive clothing was captured on surveillance video near debris piled next to the wall of the Seattle Police East Precinct. In the video, the suspect appears to use a small can, similar to a gas can, to pour a liquid on the debris. The suspect steps out of frame, then appears to return with something that he lights on fire and tosses on the debris pile. The pile begins to burn, and the suspect walks away. The fire scorched the side of the building, but was extinguished by those nearby using fire extinguishers, and pulling the flaming debris from the building.

The police released the surveillance video of the incident last month: