St. Paul police have arrested a man they believe set fire to one of their department's squad cars last week.
According to a criminal complaint, Brian Lee Liston, 45, of St. Paul is suspected of pouring gasoline on a squad car parked outside an apartment complex at 727 Front Avenue in St. Paul, and lighting it on fire around 5 a.m. Friday, June 8.
The car belonged to an officer who lived at the apartment complex, and Liston, who also lives there, was one of only four people entering or exiting the building near the vehicle around the time of the fire.
Surveillance footage showed Liston going in and out of the building multiple times that night, at one point holding a backpack that was later found inside his apartment with a gas can in it.
Police obtained a search warrant for Liston's residence after the landlord informed them that Liston, that same day, had told building management he was moving.
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While arresting Liston and reading him his rights, Liston told police that he had informed his "drinking buddies" that he was going "(expletive) up" the police car, but then said his buddies must've done it.
The police car was significantly burned and won't be operable any time soon, if ever.
Liston has been charged with 2nd degree felony arson and 1st degree felony property damage.
Furthermore, a man living in the apartment next door to Liston told police that he thinks Liston set fire to a towel under his door on June 2. The man had put the towel there to block cool air from leaving his apartment.