FBI and ATF Search Home in Houlton; Suspect Arrested in Connection With Massachusetts Church Fires

Published: Jan. 7, 2021 at 7:25 PM EST
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HOULTON, Maine (WAGM) - Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the ATF searched the home of Dushko Vulchev Thursday morning. Vulchev pled not guilty in court Tuesday, after he was accused of setting fire to the Martin Luther King Jr Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Massachusetts.

“He would never do something like this… this is simply a case of mistaken identity.”

Vulchev originally a native of Bulgaria, owns this home at 343 Court Street in Houlton. According to a spokesperson for the FBI, “The FBI is conducting court authorized activity in connection with an ongoing investigation. There is no threat to public safety.”

Back in 2015 and 2016, Vulchev was arrested in the county… on charges of kidnapping and domestic violence. He was also convicted of criminal threatening in U.S District court in 2015 after threatening a foreign official.

Springfield Mayor, Dominic Sarno says the Springfield community must come together.

“When tragedy strikes or challenges come about we all step forward. Now is the time that a message has to be set. I know it’s an old adage but from these ashes a phoenix will rise again.”

Vulchev currently faces several counts of attempted arson and malicious damage. He is being held on $25,000 bail.

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