Man charged with pawn shop fire during Minneapolis riots

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP)–Federal prosecutors have charged a Rochester, Minnesota, man with arson for a fire at a Minneapolis pawn shop during the unrest following the death of George Floyd.

Twenty-five-year-old Montez Terrill Lee (pictured) made his first appearance in U.S. District Court Tuesday and was ordered temporarily detained.

According to the complaint, investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives received video from an anonymous source of an arson that took place May 28 at the pawn shop.

The video shows a masked man, later identified as Lee, pouring liquid from a metal container throughout the pawn shop.

A second video shows Lee standing in front of the burning pawn shop saying “We’re going to burn this” place down.