Cayce, SC 03/03/2022 (Paul Kirby) – The Cayce Police Department, working with the Cayce Fire Department, SLED, and the ATF, have made an arrest in the fire that damaged Trinity Baptist Church on Charleston Highway last week. According to City Spokesperson Ashley Hunter, the fire burned shortly before 2 a.m. on February 24th, 2022.
On March 1, Paul Peter Lavoie, 53 years old, was interviewed by investigators before being placed under arrest and charged with 2nd degree Burglary and 2nd degree Arson. He was transported to the Lexington County Detention Center where he was booked on those charges.
Hunter said that Cayce Investigators and patrol officers diligently canvassed the community for information, following up on all leads and reviewing all evidence. Patrol officers finally located Lavoie and conducted a field contact with him on the night of February 26.
During an interview, Lavoie confessed to breaking the glass to the church and setting it on fire. The Church and the interior of the church suffered extensive damage and will need many renovations.
Cayce Fire Chief, Steven Bullard, and Cayce Police Chief, Chris Cowan, jointly stated, “We want to thank the tireless efforts of our investigators, and our State and Federal partners with providing closure to this case. This would not have been possible without boots on the ground dedicating their time to bring the man responsible to justice. Arson cases can often be some of the most difficult to investigate and the commitment and professionalism of our team will hopefully bring closure to the church family.”
Trinity Baptist is grateful for the work of the Cayce Fire and Police Department. The Cayce Police and Fire Departments were assisted by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF.)