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July 22, 2014

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Police: Man admits setting church fire over conflict with pastor

A Las Vegas man accused of trying to burn down a Las Vegas-area Baptist Church on Friday was charged today with felony counts of burglary and arson.

Adrian Kincade, 35, was arrested about 3 a.m. Friday across the street from Nellis Baptist Church, 4300 N. Las Vegas Boulevard, after firefighters and Metro Police responded to a blaze in the main lobby of the church.

Kincade was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on Friday and made a first appearance in court this morning.

According to Kincade’s arrest report, a woman sitting at a bus stop across the street heard glass breaking and saw fire in the doorway of the church, before seeing a man walk out of the building. The man, later identified as Kincade, walked across the street and sat next to her, the report said.

Firefighters arrived several minutes later and extinguished the blaze, which is estimated to have caused about $100,000 damage. Kincade was arrested about half an hour after the fire started and admitted to starting the blaze because of a conflict with the church’s pastor, according to the arrest report.

A church representative told police that Kincade had previously trespassed on the property and had threatened the pastor and his family, the report said.

The church is home to two separate congregations — the Nellis Baptist Church, which has about 400 members, and Mission International Roca Eterna, which has about 70 members.

Kincade’s bail was set at $40,000.

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