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ATF says couple wanted over St. Paul riot arsons are on the run

Rewards totaling $10,000 are being offered to find them.
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Mena Dyaha Yousif and Jose Felan

A couple wanted in connection with a series of arsons during the recent civil unrest are on the run, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Rewards of up to $5,000 are now being offered for the apprehension of each of Jose Felan Jr. and Mena Dyaha Yousif, who were believed to be traveling south.

The pair went on the lamb after footage of them setting fires during the unrest went viral.

Felan Jr. has multiple felony convictions, including for drug offenses, burglary, and aggravated assault.

“Last week we asked for the public’s help identifying Felan, and we are grateful for the tremendous response,” said Special Agent in Charge William Henderson, of the ATF St. Paul Field Division.

"ATF is working in close coordination with both the FBI and U.S. Marshal Service in attempt to locate and apprehend these individuals. We’re asking the public to be on the lookout for the couple along the Interstate 35 corridor. If you see them, contact ATF with their whereabouts."

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"The decision made by some to terrorize our city through their dangerous and unlawful acts of arson was an affront to our community and those who were peacefully exercising their first amendment rights," said St. Paul PD chief Todd Axtell.

“Now, more than ever, is the time for all of us to work together to hold these offenders accountable and to continue our work together to keep Saint Paul safe for everyone."

You can report tips to the ATF by emailing ATFTips@atf.gov or submitting information via www.ReportIt.com or the Report It app. Alternatively, you can call 1-888-283-8477.

Here's a look at more persons of interest from the St. Paul fires.

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