January 20, 2018 04:39 PM
The former St. Catherine University student in custody, allegedly in connection with eight fires breaking out in seven different buildings on campus, has been identified.
According to the Ramsey County Jail roster, Tnuza Jamal Hassan was booked on suspicion of arson after the incidents on the university's campus in St. Paul Wednesday. Hassan has not been criminally charged at this time.
The school said it is believed she is a former student, but is not currently registered for classes.
Officials said the majority of the fires were started in women's restrooms and were easily contained. One of the fires, set in a residence hall's lounge, spread to a piece of furniture, which activated the sprinkler system. Authorities said there was no damage to the structure of the buildings affected.
According to a criminal complaint, Hassan said she started the fire's because she had been reading that U.S. military personnel were destroying schools in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The complaint also said Hassan told police and fire officials, "You guys are lucky that I don't know how to build a bomb, because I would have done that."
Updated: January 20, 2018 04:39 PM
Created: January 19, 2018 09:29 AM
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