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Brainerd man charged in MPD 3rd Precinct fire

A 22-year-old man was arrested by ATF officers in Breckenridge, Colorado on Sunday.
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Lake Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota as the National Guard and State Patrol block people from the destruction after countless fires have destroyed numerous buildings.

MINNEAPOLIS — Another suspect has been charged in connection to the Minneapolis Police Department's 3rd Precinct building.

Dylan Robinson, 22, was arrested Sunday in Breckenridge, Colorado and was federally charged on Tuesday with aiding and abetting arson, according to Minnesota U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald's office.

Robinson, who is from Brainerd, Minnesota, made his initial court appearance on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Denver. 

According to the criminal complaint, on the night of May 28, the MPD's 3rd Precinct was "overrun and heavily damaged by fire." Investigators found multiple separate fires had been set inside the building.

Surveillance video footage shows two individuals light a Molotov cocktail and throw it at the MPD 3rd Precinct building. One of the individuals can be seen throwing a second Molotov cocktail at building. Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were able to identify Robinson in the video, according to the complaint.

Investigators also reviewed video taken from Robinson's Snapchat account, showing one individual making a Molotov cocktail and several unidentified voices providing directions on how to make it.

According to the complaint, Robinson commented several times during the video, including "These guys have never made a Molotov… Rookies,” and “We need gasoline.” Investigators reviewed another Snapchat video where they said Robinson can be seen setting a fire in a stairwell inside the MPD 3rd Precinct building. 

The  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and FBI urge anyone who may have information about suspected arson, use of explosive devices, or violent, destructive acts associated with the recent unrest, to report it by calling 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via ReportIt.com.

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.

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