ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A 36-year-old man is charged with felony arson for allegedly setting fire to a library at the Church of Scientology in downtown St. Paul last week.
Prosecutors charged Anthony Odell Johnson with first-degree arson in Ramsey County court on Monday. The judge set bail at $100,000 with conditions.
The charges say a witness told police she was in the church’s second-floor library when she asked Johnson if he needed help. He then allegedly took a jug of gasoline from his backpack and began splashing it on the books. The witness saw flames and smoke and got a fire extinguisher while other church members called 911.
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Police found a burned matchbook on a shelf.
The witness said Johnson is known from prior incidents at the church.
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