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‘A disgrace to democracy’: Man arrested in alleged arson of a Boston drop box

The fire started early Sunday morning inside a ballot drop box in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. By the time firefighters doused the blaze by filling the inside of the box with water, dozens of ballots in it had been destroyed.

Late Sunday night, police made an arrest in the alleged arson, an act that local authorities decried as an attack on democracy itself.

Worldy Armand, 39, was taken into custody after officers on patrol in the area concluded that he matched the description of the suspect, according to Boston police.

Armand, who had an active arrest warrant for receiving stolen property, will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court for willful and malicious burning, police said.

“What happened in the early hours of this morning to the ballot dropbox in Copley Square is a disgrace to democracy, a disrespect to the voters fulfilling their civic duty, and a crime,” said a joint statement from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D) and Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin (D).


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