Update: Man who set fire to American flag charged with arson

by | Jun 29, 2017

UPDATE: The man who burned the American flag turned himself in less than 24 hours later. Andrew Rosas, 26, of Catherine Street, surrendered to the Richmond Police headquarters around 10:30 p.m. yesterday, according to CBS 6.

He has been charged with arson.


Andrew Rosas (Photo: Richmond Police)

ORIGINAL: Richmond police are investigating after a video surfaced online of a man burning an American flag at a home in the Fan yesterday.

The video was posted by a woman who identified herself on social media as the flag owner’s neighbor. It shows a younger-looking man approach the front porch on Floyd Avenue, fiddle with the flagpole, then set fire to the flag with a lighter. As soon as the flag was lit, the man left the scene.

The time stamp on the video shows the man approached the house around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday. The homeowner, James Tanner, has told other media outlets he doesn’t know who the man is that burnt his flag.

Police say the suspect will at least face a vandalism charge according to NBC 12.


Lana Ferguson

Lana Ferguson

Lana recently graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. She served as editor-in-chief for the university newspaper, The Daily Mississippian, her final year there. She is a Mechanicsville native, but her work has taken her all over the United States' Southern region, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Sri Lanka. When Lana's not in the office or on an interview, she's probably with her black lab Cooper, eating local food, or seeking adventure elsewhere.

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