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Suspect wanted for burning of 3rd Minneapolis Police Precinct arrested in Colorado

Dylan Shakespeare Robinson from a prior crime in April 2016. Photo: Crow Wing County . Dylan Shakespeare Robinson from a prior crime in April 2016.

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Updated: June 16, 2020 05:01 PM
Created: June 16, 2020 10:17 AM

On Tuesday, the U.S. Marshals Service, alongside with the ATF, announced a 22-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection to the fire set at the Minneapolis Police Department's 3rd Precinct last month.

According to a tweet, Dylan Shakespeare Robinson was arrested in Breckenridge, Colorado. He is one of several suspects wanted for the burning of the police station on May 28.

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Breckenridge police told KSTP that Robinson was arrested at around 2 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of a recreation center. The arrest was a joint operation between local police and the ATF.

Jail records show Robinson was being held without bond Tuesday morning in Denver. He was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon on charges of aiding and abetting the commission of arson.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said, according to a criminal complaint, Robinson was seen on surveillance video throwing Molotov cocktails into the 3rd Precinct building. The complaint also states Robinson's Snapchat account showed at least one person making a Molotov cocktail as he commented several times, including, "These guys have never made a Molotov ... Rookies," and "We need gasoline."

Another Snapchat video allegedly showed Robinson setting a fire in a stairwell inside the 3rd Precinct building.

The fire was started in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, who died at the hands of former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng. Chauvin faces second-degree and third-degree murder charges, as well as second-degree manslaughter in relation to the incident; Lane, Thao and Kueng are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter. All four officers were fired.

Robinson's next court appearance is set for Friday.


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