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Man faces judge in connection to Lexington Qdoba arson case

Bennie Davis

LEXINGTON, Ky. - According to court records, 20-year-old Bennie C. Davis was arrested on Tuesday and appeared in federal court Wednesday to face a judge on a felony arson charge. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Davis is a former shift manager at Qdoba who was fired. According to the Herald-Leader, Davis told federal investigators that he entered the Qdoba on Tiverton Way but denied stealing cash or that he started the fire. A statement to investigators from Davis' roommate contradicts that claim.

The complaint is listed as malicious arson of a building used in interstate commerce.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says that charge is in connection to the fire that happened at Qdoba in the early morning hours of April 25th on Tiverton Way.

It has been a little more than two weeks since Qdoba was set on fire and it remains closed.

It is unclear whether it will ever reopen. At last check, the Lexington Health Department said it was waiting for word from the restaurant before it could go into the restaurant and complete a health inspection.

Once Lexington firefighters arrived on scene that Tuesday morning, the building was heavily damaged. There were no injuries as a result of the fire.

According to the Herald Leader, Davis will be back in federal court on Monday when the judge will hear evidence to determine whether there is probably cause for the case to move forward.

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