Minnesota TikTok 'influencer' charged in relation to 3rd Precinct fire

Bryce Michael Williams was arrested Monday.
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A Staples, Minnesota man has been charged in relation to the burning of the 3rd Police Precinct during rioting in Minneapolis.

Judge Erica H. MacDonald charged Bryce Michael Williams, 26, of conspiracy to commit arson in U.S. District Court after he was arrested on Monday.

Williams, whose LinkedIn describes him as a TikTok influencer, can be seen in surveillance video holding a molotov cocktail at the Third Precinct while others attempted to light the wick.

A photo from the New York Times also shows Williams in front of the building with the molotov cocktail, according to court documents.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) also identified Williams in TikTok videos he had posted on May 28 and 29, wearing the same clothing as in the surveillance footage.

On May 28, after rioters had taken over and set fires inside the Third Precinct, the city evacuated the building. The building was where the four officers charged in the death of George Floyd worked.

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Williams is now one of at least three individuals charged in relation to the Third Precinct fire. Brandon Wolfe, of St. Paul, and Dylan S. Robinson, of Brainerd, have also been charged.

The ATF and FBI urge the public to report suspected arson, use of explosive devices, or other destructions in relation to recent demonstrations. Anyone with information related to the Third Precinct fire or other business fires should call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via ReportIt.com

Here are some images of arson suspects in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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