Charges: Woman Accused of Setting Fire in Marshalls Caused More Than $500,000 in Damage

August 20, 2018 12:27 PM

The video above originally aired on Aug. 6

A criminal complaint provides more details into the charges filed against a 38-year-old woman accused of setting a fire at a downtown Minneapolis store that caused more than $500,000 in damage, not including lost revenue.


Lewonda Jones, 38 of Brooklyn Center, is charged with one count of first-degree arson and one-count of second-degree arson in Hennepin County. A clothing rack at the Marshalls store on Nicollet Mall was set on fire on July 15. The fire resulted in the store being closed for over two weeks, according to the complaint.

RELATED: Woman Charged in Arson at Downtown Minneapolis Store

Jones was found in Fargo, North Dakota, and is being held in the Cass County jail pending her return to Minnesota.

The complaint states investigators reviewed store surveillance video, which showed a woman wearing a black baseball cap with a red logo, a white T-shirt with black lettering, white shorts, several bracelets on her left wrist and black shoes standing at the boys clothing rack as the fire was set.

RELATED: Police Continue to Look for Suspect in Downtown Minneapolis Arson

According to the complaint, the woman reportedly pulled a longer grill lighter from her pocket, then ran out the door before the fire ignited. Seconds later, flames were allegedly seen coming from the rack the woman was standing at.

After media outlets ran the surveillance footage, the report states several tips were received identifying Jones as the woman shown in the video.

RELATED: Minneapolis Police Seek Arson Suspect

Jones was still listed on the Cass County jail roster as of Monday morning.

The Associated Press contributed to this story


Frank Rajkowski

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