Arson suspect caught on camera near blazed memorial

CMPD is searching for a man who appears to be caught on surveillance footage setting fire to a memorial -- a memorial intended to honor a young man who was killed by police.

"I want to know why," mother of Lareko Williams, Meko McCarthy, said.

McCarthy put together a memorial at the scene of her son's death of a Bible, stuffed animals and other keepsakes after he was tased to death by a CMPD officer nearly eight years ago.

The officer was never charged but a federal jury decided the officer used excessive force and the family was awarded a settlement.

The memorial, located off Old Pineville Road near the Woodlawn CATS Transit Station, was set on fire in the early-morning hours of March 25.

Charlotte Fire responded to the call and put out the fire but FOX 46 learned an official report was't made. It wasn't until McCarthy went to CMPD to file a report for arson that an investigation started.

"I just feel like the ball was dropped," McCarthy said.

McCarthy said, of course, her son's death was and still is a struggle for her family. She also said it's a struggle for CMPD and the destruction of this memorial is emotional for everyone.

"It kind of made it difficult for both parties when you're looking at the CMPD and our family because it's a very uncomfortable position that it put everybody in and I just feel like, I want to know why," McCarthy said.

The suspect could be charged with Felony Burning Personal Properties.

Anyone with information is asked to call CMPD's Crimestoppers hotline at (704) 334-1600.