METHUEN, MASS. (WHDH) - Police have arrested a Lawrence man who they say intentionally set fire to a church in Methuen in September.

Lys Walker Vincent, 45, is accused of breaking into the Christian Church Voice of Salvation and torching it.

Authorities say crews responded around 10:15 p.m. on Sept. 24 to the church on Pleasant Street and found several items inside that had been damaged by flames.

An investigation into the fire led police to Vincent, who was taken into custody Thursday around 12 p.m.

“This was a disturbing incident where someone intentionally caused damage to a place of worship, where people are supposed to feel safe,” Mayor Stephen Zanni said. “I commend Methuen Police and assisting agencies for their diligent work on this investigation.”

Vincent is being held pending an arraignment.

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