MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Three 19-year-olds have been charged in connection to the fire set at a St. Paul health and nutrition store during the unrest in the city in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
On Tuesday, United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced two federal criminal complaints against Samuel Elliott Frey of Brooklyn Park, and Bailey Marie Baldus of Ramsey. On Wednesday, MacDonald announced McKenzy Ann Degidio Dunn, from Rosemount, as a co-conspirator. All three are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit arson.READ MORE: Soon After Minneapolis Police Reopen Uptown Intersection, Protesters Return Barricades
According to the allegations in the complaints, a health and nutrition store in St. Paul sustained damage due to vandalism and fire on May 28. On June 3, investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined that the damage was caused by arson.READ MORE: St. Croix River Water Levels Threaten To Reach Historic Lows If Drought Conditions Continue
ATF investigators obtained video surveillance footage from inside the store and were able to identify Frey, Baldus and Dunn. Officials say Frey was seen pouring flammable hand sanitizer onto a shelving unit and lighting it on fire.
Click here to submit videos and online reports to St. Paul Police. The ATF and FBI also urge the public to report suspected arson, use of explosive devices, or violent, destructive acts associated with the recent unrest. Anyone with information specifically related to business fires in the Twin Cities can call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via ReportIt.com.MORE NEWS: Property Owners Sue Gov. Walz Over Eviction Moratorium As State Lawmakers Agree On 'Off-Ramp' Plan For Ban
In addition to fires, the FBI is looking for people who may have incited or promoted violence of any kind. Anyone with digital material or tips can call 1-800-CALLFBI (800-225-5342) or submit images or videos at FBI.gov/violence.