United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal criminal complaint against MATTHEW SCOTT WHITE, 31, charging him with arson. MATTHEW WHITE, who was arrested on June, 29, 2020, made his initial appearance earlier today before Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.
According to the allegations in the complaint, on May 28, 2020, an Enterprise Rent-A-Car building located in St. Paul, Minnesota, was completely destroyed due to fire. On June 3, 2020, investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) examined the scene and determined that the fire was caused by arson and originated from within the structure. ATF investigators were able to identify MATTHEW WHITE, his sister and co-conspirator JESSICA WHITE, and another individual captured on surveillance video footage from cameras located inside and outside of the business on the night of the arson. MATTHEW WHITE can be seen entering the business and remains inside for several minutes. JESSICA WHITE can be seen standing outside the business and knocking on the front window and looking into the front door. While inside, MATTHEW WHITE can be seen carrying a box and a garbage can into the back area of the business, out of the view of the camera. Shortly after, fire can be seen flickering in the reflection of the window in the front of the business. MATTHEW WHITE and the other individual exit the building and join JESSICA WHITE and others who have gathered outside of the business in watching the fire.
The ATF and FBI 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. 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 (800-225-5324) or submit images or videos at FBI.gov/violence.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted jointly by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the FBI, the St. Paul Police Department, and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley M. Endicott.
The charges contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
MATTHEW SCOTT WHITE, 31
- Conspiracy to commit arson, 1 count
- Arson, 1 count
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