On Friday, two men were charged with arson and possession of Molotov cocktails and tossed them to the Dakota County Government Building in southern Minneapolis.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced on Tuesday that federal criminal proceedings against Garrett Patrick Ziegler, 24, and Fornandous Cortez Henderson, 32, were originally scheduled for a formal detention hearing on Thursday.
According to the criminal complaint, the Apple Valley Police Department responded to a fire alert earlier on May 29 at the Dakota County Western Service Center (DCWSC), which is home to the court facility and the U.S. Passport Center.
According to reports, security officials found “broken windows, smoke and flames” at the western end of the building.
A complaint from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said: “Articles that match the items used in Molotov cocktails include broken glass jars and bottles, pushpins, complete glass jars containing flammable liquids, and burnt red headscarves.
The police found a set of car keys in the grass near the courthouse. These keys belonged to the Ford Fiesta in the adjacent parking lot.
A search warrant on the vehicle identified items that were also used to make Molotov cocktails, including wine bottles, store receipts on May 28, 2020, for three headscarves, partially filled and empty pushpin boxes, for 12 empty carton mason jars of the Ball brand. “
Officials also found an empty lighter liquid bottle, an isopropyl alcohol bottle “and a nail polish remover store receipt dated May 27, 2020.”
The car has been registered with Ziegler.
Henderson and Ziegler were found by police on the road near DCWSC and detained.
According to Henderson, both of them claimed to have participated in the George Floyd protest earlier in the day and took the subway to the Apple Valley to return to Apple Valley. On the affidavit.
However, police officials determined that Henderson’s account was incorrect because the subway was closed at 4 pm every day. May 28.
Henderson and Ziegler will be detained before Thursday’s detention hearing.