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Man charged with felony arson after burning pride flag

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An Omaha, Nebraska man is behind bars charged with felony arson after a Sunday morning incident. An Omaha, Nebraska man is behind bars charged with felony arson after a Sunday morning incident.
OMAHA, Neb. - An Omaha, Nebraska man is being charged with felony arson after police say he set a rainbow flag on fire and ran through a neighborhood.

The flag, also referred to as a gay pride flag, came from the front porch of a lesbian couple. The two women say they view the flag burning as a hate-filled attack directed at them.

"It goes beyond vandalism or a threat," said one of the women. "That's a direct attack."

The two were woken up just after midnight. At first the women thought their home was being burglarized. Meadows-Anderson rushed downstairs to check on their two girls. Meanwhile, Anderson made it to a window just in time to see a van drive off.

Shortly after being woken up they heard noises outside again. When they went to a window they saw a man running down the street with what looked like a burning stick. It took the two women a few moments to realize he was burning their rainbow colored flag.

"You almost feel bad for a minute," said one of the women. "He's a young man and he made a hate-filled, drunken mistake that will have a lasting effect on his life and his family."

According to the Omaha Police Department, Cameron Mayfield is facing a 2nd degree felony arson charge.

Mayfield is also facing a separate charge for resisting. Police say he tried to run away from police after they showed up at his home to speak with him.

Local media spoke with Mayfield's father who said Mayfield hardly remembered the incident by the time his father arrived to speak with him Saturday night (early Sunday morning). 

Mayfield's father, who requested to keep his name out of the story, said his son recently lost his job, was denied unemployment and began drinking the night of the incident. 


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