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Four R8 teens face charges after the fire bombing a church

Dylan Wade Causbie (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department) Dylan Wade Causbie (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department)
Robert Benjamin Rushin (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department) Robert Benjamin Rushin (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department)
Andrew Storm McClure (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department) Andrew Storm McClure (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department)
Zackary Edward Surque (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department) Zackary Edward Surque (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department)

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT)- Four Region 8 teens, three of which are behind bars face charges in connection with a church arson.

In the early morning on Feb. 6th the Butler County and Poplar Bluff Fire Departments were called to a fire at the Fellowship Baptist Church, 3581 North Westwood Blvd. in Poplar Bluff which caused extensive damage to the church's Youth Ministry.    

A preliminary investigation found the fire to be arson and that Molotov cocktails were used.

An investigation led by members of the Poplar Bluff Police and Fire Departments along with the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms yielded four arrests. 

Dylan Wade Causbie, 18, Robert Benjamin Rushin, 19, Andrew Storm McClure, 20 and Zackary Edward Surque, 19 all of Poplar Bluff were brought to the police station to be interviewed.  According to police, three of the teens admitted to making and throwing Molotov cocktails into the church.

The four were charged with second-degree arson and possession of illegal weapons, however Causbie was released pending the filing of formal charges.

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms will determine if federal charges will be filed in the case.

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