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3 Minnesotans face additional charges in arson at Target headquarters

The three men were previously charged with arson in connection to the Aug. 26 fire following unrest in downtown Minneapolis.
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Three Minnesotans face additional charges in connection to an arson fire at Target's corporate headquarters in Minneapolis following false reports about a man's suicide in August

Shador Tommie Cortez Jackson, 24, of Richfield; Victor Devon Edwards, 31, of St. Paul; and Leroy Lemonte Perry Williams, 34, of Minneapolis are all charged with one count of conspiracy to commit arson in connection to the Aug. 26 incident, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release Thursday.

They were all previously charged with arson in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. Arraignment hearings on these new charges will be scheduled at a later date, the release said. 

According to the release, which cites court documents, the night of Aug. 26 saw rioting and looting break out in downtown Minneapolis following the suicide of a homicide suspect on Nicollet Mall, which sparked false rumors on social media that the suspect had been shot dead by police.

During the rioting, Jackson, Edwards and Williams went to Target's corporate headquarters, where dozens of others were gathered, the release says. Jackson allegedly used a construction sign to break through a glass door, and Jackson, Edwards and Williams, as well as others who haven't been identified, went inside. 

Jackson is then accused of intentionally setting a fire on a counter in the mailroom while Edwards stood nearby, the release says. Edwards later added liquid accelerant to the fire. Jackson also attempted to set a second fire in the mailroom using a lighter and ignitable liquid. 

The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges that Jackson, Edwards and Williams, along with others who haven't been identified, ran out of the building through the door they entered. Williams then went back into the building and attempted to light a fire in the entrance before leaving the scene. 

More than 130 people were arrested following the outbreak of rioting on Aug. 26, which came three months after widespread unrest in the wake of the death of George Floyd by now-former Minneapolis police officers.

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