Dearborn Police arrest a suspect after firecracker thrown into the Church of the Divine Child in Dearborn on Wednesday, Aug. 23.


Dearborn police have arrested a suspect allegedly caught on camera tossing a firecracker into a chapel.

The man, who has not been named, was taken into custody Friday within hours of video and pictures from the incident being released, department representatives said. Further details are expected to be shared later.

The incident happened Wednesday at about 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Divine Child on North Silvery Lane between Cherry Hill Street and Ford Road, according to authorities.

Witnesses told police a man walked into the church's chapel while prayer was taking place and threw some sort of an explosive. Officials said the explosive burned a bible but no one was injured.

Police investigated and determined the device was a firecracker.

“This assailant terrorized the parishioners inside a house of worship with a total disregard for their safety," Police Chief Ronald Haddad said in a statement.

Police said the suspect, who had been seen fleeing in a four-door Cadillac, is responsible for several similar incidents in Dearborn over the past several weeks.

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