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Community activist charged with attempted arson of Milwaukee Police Station during Sherman Park unrest

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A Milwaukee community activist has been arrested and charged for attempted arson of a Milwaukee Police Station.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that Vaun Mayes, 31, is now facing charges of arson, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of a destructive device in relation to a crime of violence.

According to the criminal complaint, Mayes and others planned to firebomb the Milwaukee Police Department's District Seven Police Station during the Sherman Park unrest in August of 2016.

“Today’s charges are the result of ongoing efforts to hold accountable those who engaged in criminal conduct during the Sherman Park riots,” explained U.S. Attorney Krueger.

During an appearance in federal court Monday, a judge ordered Mayes remain in federal custody, at least until a formal detention hearing July 5.

Stay with CBS 58 News for more information on this developing story. 

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