Minneapolis man charged with arson after St. Paul business destroyed during unrest

Updated: June 30, 2020 07:07 PM
Created: June 30, 2020 06:32 PM

A Minneapolis man has been charged in connection to an arson at a St. Paul rental car business following recent unrest in the metro, according to U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald.  

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Matthew Scott White faces one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson. 


According to the release, on May 28, an Enterprise Rent-A-Car building located in St. Paul was completely destroyed by fire. On June 3, investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) examined the scene and determined that the fire was caused by arson and originated from within the structure. 

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ATF said they were able to identify White and his sister Jessica White and another individual captured on surveillance video footage from cameras located inside and outside the business on the night of the arson. 

The surveillance shows Matthew entering the building and remaining inside for several minutes while his sister, Jessica, can be seen standing outside and knocking on the front window and looking into the front door.

According to ATF, Matthew is seen carrying a box and garbage can into the back area of the building, then out of the view of the camera, a fire can be seen flickering in the reflection of the window in the front of the business.  

Matthew and the other individual exit the building and join Jessica and others who have gathered outside of the business to watch the fire. 

Matthew was arrested on June 29 and made his initial appearance on Tuesday before Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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