Rochester woman pleads guilty related to May 2020 arson in St. Paul | KSTP.com

Rochester woman pleads guilty related to May 2020 arson in St. Paul

Jose Felan Jr., left, and Mena Dyaha Yousif Photo: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Jose Felan Jr., left, and Mena Dyaha Yousif

Gracie Stockton
Updated: September 08, 2021 08:05 PM
Created: September 08, 2021 07:59 PM

A Rochester woman pleaded guilty Thursday to being an accessory after the fact to arson related to riots in May 2020. 

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced last week that Jose Angel Felan Jr., 35, set several St. Paul buildings along University Avenue on fire — including Goodwill, Gordon Parks High School and 7 Mile Sportswear — on May 28, 2020. His 23-year-old wife, Mena Dhaya Yousif, aided and abetted him as he fled to Texas and then crossed the border into Mexico. Yousif aided Felan during his flight by traveling with him, destorying evidence and feeding false information to law enforcement. 

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