Second arrest made in the destruction of a police cruiser from June

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – A second person has been arrest for his alleged involvement in the destruction of a Providence Police cruiser during a downtown riot on June 2, 2020.

The FBI says 30-year-old Cranston resident, Nicholas L. Scaglione was arrested and charged on Tuesday.

34-year-old Luis Joel Sierra, of Providence, was arrested on a federal criminal complaint charging him with attempted malicious destruction of a vehicle by fire.

Sierra was ordered detained in federal custody.

According to court documents, Providence Police, an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, and United States Attorney’s Office investigation determined that Sierra allegedly set the Providence cruiser on fire by leaning into the cruiser and igniting it with lighter fluid.

Information presented to the court said Scaglione squirted flammable liquid into the cruiser, which fully engulfed it.

According to court documents, Scaglione wrote in a text message, “But that police cruiser that went up in flames last night can be replaced… I was pissed. I’ve been pissed. That was pent up years of rage and frustration with the way I’ve seen and been treated by police. That cop car can be replaced. People’s lives cannot… Then I go out fighting and standing up for s**t I believe in. Cuz I know for a fact if it was you or anyone else I was close to I’d burn the whole police force down and not even blink.”

In other court documents, Sierra told another individual that he was one of the individuals responsible for the destruction of the cruiser

Text messages and video clips brought to the attention of law enforcement following the publication of an FBI poster seeking information.

©WLNE-TV/ABC6 2020

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