Lincoln Police make two arrests in connection to Molotov cocktail arson fires on May 31st and June 1st in the northeast part of Lincoln Damage was reported at:
Huntington Elementary School at 2900 N 46th – May 31st at 11:24 pm – window broken and explosive thrown inside building – $2,500 damage
Lincoln Police Northeast Team Station at 4843 Huntington Ave – June 1st at 3:15 am – cruiser window broken and explosive thrown at cruiser – $2,300 damage
Lincoln Northeast High School at 2635 N 63rd Street – June 1st at 3:25 am – window broken out and explosive thrown inside – $1,000 damage
Investigators reviewed security video from the crime scenes and observed a light colored Honda with a dark hood involved in each incident. The vehicle was later identified by investigators as belonging to 21 year old Tyler Belk. Investigators interviewed several witnesses throughout the course of this investigation. Ultimately, it was determined that Belk was responsible for making the Molotov cocktails at his residence that night and identified the targets he was planning to hit with the explosives. Belk was identified as the driver of the vehicle and also the person responsible for throwing several of the Molotov cocktails and damaging windows.
Brandon Grady, 23 years old, was also identified as being responsible for throwing of the Molotov cocktails at Huntington Elementary School.
On October 26th just after noon, investigators took Belk into custody and arrested him for three counts of Aid and Abet Arson. Grady was already at the jail on an unrelated charge. He was arrested around 1pm for one count of Aid and Abet Arson.
This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to call Lincoln Police at 402-441-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.