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Arrests made in Fishers flag burning

Two teenagers face charges
Posted at 5:01 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 17:01:48-04

FISHERS—Fishers Police have arrested two teenagers who are suspected of setting fire to a prominent American flag at the Nickle Plate District Amphitheater on the Fourth of July.

Both suspects are 18-years-old and face Arson, Criminal Mischief and Flag Desecration charges.

According to Fishers Police Public Information Office Tom Weger, the cloth flag hangs from the back of the stage at the amphitheater—an open-air facility on Municipal Drive in downtown Fishers.

Police believe the flag was set on fire late-Thursday, causing significant damage.

A short time later, small fires were reported in an elevator at the Edge Parking Garage and at the Sunblest Apartments. Those fires were considered minor and burned themselves out.

Reaction to the flag burning came quickly from Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness: "It's unfortunate that someone or a few people thought this was a good way to celebrate the 4th. Our police and fire departments will celebrate the 5th. trying to find them," said Fadness.

The suspects were found and arrested at about 2 p.m. Friday in the area of 116th Street and Lantern Road. They are being held at the Hamilton County Jail.

Police ask that anyone with information about the fires to call Captain Tracy Jones at: 317-595-3417.