Man charged with setting tent at Occupy camp ablaze
Dec 30, 2011 12:36 PM CST
Justin Otto, 33, was arrested and charged with setting fire to personal property or land.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Metro police arrested a 33-year-old Nashville man late Thursday night after he allegedly set a woman's tent on fire at the Occupy Nashville camp.
Authorities said demonstrators saw the man, later identified as Justin Otto, toss something onto an unoccupied sleeping bag and set it on fire.
Protestors chased Otto, stopped him near the intersection of Capitol Boulevard and Church Street and held him until police arrived.
It was not immediately known if Otto was connected to the Occupy Nashville camp or the movement, or whether he knew the women whose belongings he set ablaze.
The women had various articles of clothing destroyed in the fire.
Witnesses told police Otto was angry because he thought the woman had stolen his wallet.
Otto was arrested and charged with setting fire to personal property or land.
He was booked into the Metro jail on a $3,500 bond.
Otto was most recently arrested in Nashville in September on charges he harassed an ex-girlfriend by sending her a series of derogatory text messages and leaving her a threatening voicemail, according to an affidavit.