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Suspect accused of trying to set police car on fire in Ferguson

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Henry L. Stokes, 44, of St. Louis, allegedly placed a napkin in the gas tank entrance of a police car and used a lighter in an attempted to set a fire. (Credit: St. Louis County Police Department) Henry L. Stokes, 44, of St. Louis, allegedly placed a napkin in the gas tank entrance of a police car and used a lighter in an attempted to set a fire. (Credit: St. Louis County Police Department)

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A man is accused of trying to light a police car on fire during demonstrations in Ferguson Sunday night.

Henry L. Stokes, 44, of St. Louis, allegedly placed a napkin in the gas tank entrance of a police car and used a lighter in an attempted to set a fire.

When police saw what was happening, Stokes reportedly ran from the area, but was chased by officers.

Stokes was eventually taken into custody, where he was read his Miranda Rights, officials said.

According to police, once he was in custody, Stokes admitted he was using a lighter to ignite the paper napkin and vehicle on fire, and that he knew he was running from police.

Stokes has been charged with attempting to cause a catastrophe and resisting arrest. His bond was set at $25,000.

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