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Man charged with setting fire to Cincinnati Police District 1 headquarters

Martay Simpson (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Martay Simpson (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
WEST END, OH (FOX19) -

A Westwood man is accused of setting fire to Cincinnati Police District 1 headquarters.

Martay Simpson, 26, lit a can of gasoline on fire and placed it against the rear of District 1 on Ezzard Charles Drive, causing the building to catch on fire Saturday, Hamilton County court records state.

At the time, the building was occupied by more than 50 police officers, sergeants, captains and a lieutenant colonel (assistant police chief), fire investigators wrote in a criminal complaint.

No injuries were reported.

Simpson is held on a $750,000 bond at the Hamilton County jail on two counts of aggravated arson and one count of vandalism.

"I am afraid that this attack on police was generated in part by those who benefit from perpetuating the division between police and the communities they serve," said Sgt. Dan Hils, president of the union that represents Cincinnati police.

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