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ATF deploys to Kenosha to catch arson suspects amid unrest

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Posted at 4:38 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 19:22:23-04

KENOSHA — The ATF has deployed to Kenosha to help local investigators catch suspects behind the torching of 20 businesses and 12 government-owned vehicles amid unrest this week.

Members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives's national response team arrived in Kenosha on Tuesday, after receiving requests for help from Kenosha police and the county's sheriff's office.

In a release, the ATF did not say how many agents have deployed to Wisconsin.

The ATF says the teams deployed to the city "have post-blast and fire origin-and-cause expertise, forensic chemists, explosives enforcement officers, fire protection engineers, accelerant detection canines, explosives detection canines, intelligence support, computer forensic support, and audit support," according to the release.

“We welcome the additional resources of ATF’s National Response Team, as they work in coordination with our officers to review surveillance video and follow leads to identify persons of interest," said Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis in the release.

Special Agent in Charge Kristen de Tineo, of the ATF Chicago Field Division, which oversees the Milwaukee Field Office, said: “The members of ATF’s National Response Team bring specialized talent and resources to assist the local police and fire departments in determining who is responsible for setting these fires. The expertise of the local departments, with assistance not only from the NRT but also the community, will bring resolution to these investigations."

Anyone with information on the identities or whereabouts of arson suspects, or if you have pictures or videos, you are asked to contact Kenosha Police Department at 262-605-5203, Kenosha CrimeStoppers at 262-656-7333, or ATF at 1-800-ATF-TIPS (1-800) 283-8477.

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