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Suspect in Arson at Phoenix LGBTQ Youth Center Arrested

Youth center officials say the suspect, Darren Beach Jr., was a participant in their program but aged out of eligibility when he turned 25.

An LGBTQ center is shown, on fire, as emergency service crews investigate for arson, July 30, 2017, Phoenix, Arizona.Phoenix Fire Department

PHOENIX — Authorities say a suspect in an arson that damaged a Phoenix LGBTQ youth center has been arrested.

Phoenix police say 26-year-old Darren Beach Jr. was booked into jail Friday afternoon on suspicion of arson of an occupied structure.

It's unclear if Beach has a lawyer yet.

The Phoenix Fire Department on Wednesday released video showing a man pouring liquid on the floor of the one.n.ten center on July 12 and then stepping outside just before a room goes up in flames.

 An LGBTQ center is shown, on fire, as emergency service crews investigate for arson, July 30, 2017, Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix Fire Department

Youth center officials say Beach was a participant in their program, but aged out of eligibility when he turned 25.

The one.n.ten center serves lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth ages 14 to 24.

It lost electronic equipment, food, camping equipment and other items in the fire.

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