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Man accused of setting burning cross in supervisor’s yard

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OKLAHOMA CITY-- An Oklahoma City plumbing inspector is out of jail on bond after being arrested for allegedly placing a burning cross in the front yard of his supervisor's home.

Fire and police crews were called to the home in the 16000 block of Glimmer Circle in far southeast Oklahoma City, just before midnight on Dec. 27.

A neighbor called police after he saw the crime happen.

He was able to give police a description of the suspect's vehicle.

When police made contact with the homeowner, he said he suspected a co-worker, one of his employees had done this.

Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow, Oklahoma City Police Department, said, "He was upset about some disciplinary action that had been taken against him."

The victim led officers to the home of 37-year-old Joshua Brown.

Police say they discovered items that linked Brown to the crime.

Sgt. Wardlow said, "They found numerous things obviously including what looked to be materials used to construct this cross. There was evidence inside of the car that looked like it had possibly been used to transport that as well as a loaded firearm."

According to the police report, the victim "stated he feared AR's (Brown's) intentions were to set the cross on fire to lure him out of his house while AR (Brown) ambushed him with the rifle."

The victim is Brown's supervisor.

The city placed an armed guard on the 8th floor of the City Services Building downtown on Monday out of fear that Brown would try and retaliate.

The victim had just filed a police report two weeks prior to this incident after someone poured two cans of paint on his driveway and truck.

He told authorities he believed Brown could be responsible for that as well.