DA drops felony charges against alleged flag burner

ReeAnna Segin remains accused of only misdemeanors.

Eric Walter
June 13, 2018 - 12:41 pm
ReeAnna Segin of Woodbine, New Jersey

Philadelphia Police Department

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has withdrawn felony charges brought against ReeAnna Segin, the woman arrested on Sunday after police say she attempted to set fire to a "thin blue line" flag at the Philadelphia Pride Parade. 

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After an investigation by the DA's office, the charges of attempted arson and risking a catastrophe were dropped. In a Wednesday morning hearing, however, Judge Patrick Dugan determined that the misdemeanor charges of possession of an instrument of crime and recklessly endangering another person would stand. 

She is scheduled to proceed to trial.

On Sunday, Philadelphia police officers witnessed the Woodbine, New Jersey, woman attempt to pour accelerant on the flag and to light it on fire at 12th & Locust streets. The officers stopped her and took her into custody. Upon searching her bag, they found two road flares, a can of paint thinner, and a lighter stick.