Diego Martin man charged with starting fire at Health Ministry Head Office

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    A 27-year-old Diego Martin man has been charged with maliciously setting fire to the Health Ministry’s head office.

    Around 1:30am on August 8th, a fire was set on the basement floor of the structure at Park Street in Port of Spain.

    There was also message on one of the walls which read, “COVID-19 is all about the New World Order. Stop it now. #THE RESISTENCE.”

    According to the TTPS, the unemployed suspect was arrested on September 14th and charged with arson.

    He is expected to appear before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate today.

    One suspect was initially detained after the incident but released pending further investigations – it is not clear if this is the same individual.

    Responding to the attack, acting Deputy Police Commissioner (Investigations and Intelligence) Mc Donald Jacob has since warned that such acts will not be tolerated: “It appears that other aspects of anti-social sociopathic and extremist behavioral patterns are developing in Trinidad and Tobago. The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) will ensure that such behavioral patterns do not develop or gain route within our society. We have seen worldwide where such patterns of behavior have caused destruction to property and injuries to innocent citizens. I wish to emphatically state that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is fully equipped to deal with such occurrences and demand that individuals be dissuaded from attempting to adopt such negative trends in our society.”