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Tampa man accused of using flamethrower to burn Uhuru House flag in St. Petersburg

Kenny Raymond faces a charge of criminal mischief. Police say they also have started the process of seeking a risk protection order on him.
In this photo provided by Burning Spear Media, LLC, a damaged Pan-African flag flies outside the headquarters of the Uhuru House in St. Petersburg on Saturday. Earlier in the day, police say Kenny Jay Raymond of Tampa used a flamethrower to set fire to the flag. He was arrested Thursday and is facing a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief, jail records show.
In this photo provided by Burning Spear Media, LLC, a damaged Pan-African flag flies outside the headquarters of the Uhuru House in St. Petersburg on Saturday. Earlier in the day, police say Kenny Jay Raymond of Tampa used a flamethrower to set fire to the flag. He was arrested Thursday and is facing a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief, jail records show. [ AP ]
Published Jul. 8|Updated Jul. 8

A 19-year-old Tampa man has been arrested after police say he used a flamethrower to torch a Pan-African flag flying on a pole at the Uhuru House in St. Petersburg.

Kenny Jay Raymond was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday afternoon before being released on bond, according to jail records. He is facing a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief, and police say they also have started the process of seeking a risk protection order on him.

St. Petersburg police say Kenny Jay Raymond of Tampa used a flamethrower to set fire to a Pan-African flag flying on a pole at Uhuru House. He was arrested Thursday and is facing a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief, jail records show.
St. Petersburg police say Kenny Jay Raymond of Tampa used a flamethrower to set fire to a Pan-African flag flying on a pole at Uhuru House. He was arrested Thursday and is facing a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief, jail records show. [ Photo provided / St. Petersburg Police Department ]

No one was injured, but police say some palm trees near the flagpole also were set on fire.

The Uhuru House is the headquarters of the International Uhuru Movement. Burning Spear, a media organization affiliated with the group, released a security video that shows a man exiting a white Honda sedan, taking out a flamethrower and setting the flag ablaze, according to the Associated Press. When a worker shouted at him, he stowed the weapon back in the trunk of the Honda and drove away.

According to his arrest affidavit, Raymond said he set the flag on fire because he doesn’t like socialists and was upset about seeing the “ugly flag” every time he drove to or from work. Investigators say he also told them he had hoped someone at Uhuru House “would come out and shoot him because he did not want to live in this world with the all of the hate and division.”

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