Police make arrest in church explosion

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Police Department Security footage captured this photo in relation to an explosion during a prayer service at Divine Child Catholic Church Aug. 23.

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Police Department
Security footage captured this photo in relation to an explosion during a prayer service at Divine Child Catholic Church Aug. 23.

Firework detonated during prayer service

DEARBORN — Police arrested a man this afternoon in connection with an explosion in Divine Child Catholic Church during a prayer service Aug. 23. Charges are pending.

Witnesses said a man walked into the chapel, while prayer was taking place, and he threw some sort of explosive into the chapel. The device exploded which burned a Bible, but no parishioners were injured, police said. An investigation revealed the explosive device appeared to be a commercial grade firework.

Witnesses described the man as white, 30 to 40 years old with dark hair. He was seen fleeing the area in a newer model Cadillac 4-door with silver rims and several stickers down the sides of the rear window and on the rear bumper.

Police said the man also is responsible for several similar incidents in Dearborn in past weeks.

“I would like to personally thank everyone in the community and media for their help in the apprehension of this suspect,” Police Chief Ronald Haddad said. “This assailant terrorized the parishioners inside a house of worship with a total disregard for their safety.”