Two charged with burning down St. Paul business during riots

The two are charged with conspiracy to commit arson.
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Sam Frey Bailey Baldus

Two individuals have been charged in relation to an arson at a St. Paul business during the unrest late last month.

Samuel Elliott Frey and Bailey Marie Baldus, both 19, of Brooklyn Park and Ramsey respectively, were charged on Tuesday with conspiracy to commit arson, according to U.S. Attorney Judge Erica H. MacDonald.

The incident in question took place at Great Health Nutrition in St. Paul, which sustained fire damage and vandalism on May 28.

According to the criminal complaint, the damage was part of more violent demonstrations in Minneapolis and St. Paul that took place following peaceful protests earlier in the day.

Investigators from The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) later determined the fire and smoke damage was caused by arson and examined video surveillance.

Five individuals can be seen in the video of the incident. 

Samuel Frey, allegedly pictured in the green jacket.

Samuel Frey, allegedly pictured in the green jacket.

With the help of tips from the public, investigators identified Frey and Baldus as two of the people in the video. Frey is seen pouring hand sanitizer onto a shelf before lighting it on fire. 

The two made their first court appearance on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Paul.

A list of businesses that were damaged or looted can be found here.

Anyone with information specifically related to business fires in the Twin Cities can call 1-888-283-8477, email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via ReportIt.com.

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