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Arrest made in State St. arson investigation

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

The Lexington Fire Department has announced the arrest of 19-year-old Daebrion Hopwood.

Hopwood was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with felony arson in connection to the celebrations that got out of control following the University of Kentucky's win over Louisville last Saturday.

Police say he helped start a car on fire along State Street after the game.

The UK student pleaded not guilty to the charge in court Friday afternoon and bonded out of jail.

In an arrest citation obtained by WKYT early Friday, investigators say they were able to identify Hopwood through video and Facebook.

They say Hopwood set fire to a sweatshirt using charcoal lighter fluid, which was then ignited and thrown onto an overturned vehicle.

Hopwood is one of at least three individuals investigators want to speak with related to the car fire.

They are hoping someone might recognize the other two males in photos police uploaded to the website idthisperson.com.

Other photos of people wanted in connection to numerous other criminal acts following Saturday's game are also posted on that site. Police say they will be adding photos they've obtained during the celebrations on Monday night.

Hopwood, who declined WKYT's request for an interview will be back in court next week.


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