Charges: Texas man helped suspected St. Paul arsonists evade capture

The man is accused of helping his brother and sister-in-law avoid arrest.
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Mena Yousif, left, and Jose Felan Jr. 

Mena Yousif, left, and Jose Felan Jr. 

A Texas man has been arrested, accused of assisting two suspected arsonists who set fires in the Twin Cities after George Floyd's death evade arrest. 

Leeroy Felan, 29, of Carrizo Springs, Texas, is charged with being an accessory after the fact, according to a news release from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The news release, which cites court records, says Leeroy Felan gave false statements to federal law enforcement to impede their investigation and arrest of his brother, 33-year-old Jose Felan, Jr., and his brother's wife, 31-year-old Mena Yousif. 

Leeroy Felan is also accused of transporting his brother and sister-in-law in order to prevent them from being arrested. 

Jose Felan and Yousif are wanted in connection with fires that were set in St. Paul, including one at a Goodwill store on May 28. They allegedly went on the run after video of the couple went viral. 

The ATF is offering two rewards of up to $10,000 each for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Jose Felan and Yousif. Anyone with information is asked to submit a tip to www.usmarshals.gov/tips or call 877-WANTED-2 (877-926-8332).

Leeroy Felan will have a preliminary hearing on July 31. His criminal history includes a 2015 conviction of conspiracy to transport illegal aliens for which he served 36 months in federal prison, the news release says. 

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