BREAKING: Police arrest former activist suspected of Arizona Democratic Party headquarters arson

Per Phoenix Police:

ARREST MADE: 29-year-old Matthew Egler has been arrested in connection with the fire set to the Democratic Party Headquarters. The fire happened after midnight on Friday, July 24 near Central and Thomas in Downtown Phoenix. The fire caused substantial damage to the building.

Matthew Egler – Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

AZ Central reports Phoenix police have arrested Matthew Egler, a Democratic activist who party officials say has had a long and troubled history with the Maricopa County Party over the years, for the fire that destroyed Arizona Democratic Party’s headquarters last week.

The fire ruined historical political memorabilia and party infrastructure ahead of Tuesday’s primary election.

After a nearly weeklong investigation, Phoenix police on Wednesday identified Egler, 29, of Peoria, in connection with the fire set to the party’s headquarters. The fire occurred after midnight on Friday, last week.

In announcing the arrest, police released footage of a dark car parked near the north side of the building, and a person lighting the fire outside of the building. As the fire grows, the person walks back to the car.

Egler appeared on Wednesday before a Maricopa County commissioner for his initial appearance. He is being held on $75,000 bail; his arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 4 — election day — according to the sheriff’s office.