Three individuals have been charged in what federal prosecutors are calling a arson-for-hire scheme.
Abraham Kerkula, 20, of Providence, Makele Freeman, 19 of Providence, and Gbabia Kollie, 27 of Johnson City, Tennessee have been charged with conspiracy to commit arson and arson affecting interstate commerce. The three are alleged to have conspired to set fire to an occupied apartment building at 31-33 Ida Street in Providence on Nov. 2.
Federal Prosecutors allege that Freeman asked Kerkula to give him a ride to the location where he was going to "set fire for a lot of money." According to court documents the pair allegedly drove to two stores where they purchased a five-gallon storage container, gloves, and gasoline.
The two allegedly travelled to the Ida Street apartment on the night of Nov. 2 where they poured gasoline in a vacant third floor apartment and set fire to it. The other apartments in the building were occupied.
Prosecutors say that Kollie arranged the $7,000 payment.