Richfield man accused of arson at Target headquarters during Nicolette Mall unrest


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A 24-year-old Richfield man was charged with arson in US District Court on Friday for breaking into a Target headquarters building in the city of Minneapolis and setting fire to a mailroom.

The incident occurred on August 26 at 10:55 am during a night of civil unrest, when a suicide suspect in the city killed himself and a false rumor was spread that he had been shot and killed by police.

Shador Tommie Cortez Jackson, who was charged with arson, made an initial appearance before US Magistrate Judge Tony Leung in Minneapolis on Friday and was ordered to be held pending formal detention and preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

US Attorney Erica Macdonald issued a news release saying investigators had reviewed the target surveillance video showing Jackson using a construction sign to break through one of the glass doors at the headquarters of 1000 Nicolette Mall.

Additional video inside the store showed Jackson entering the target mailroom and setting fire to a counter, according to a criminal complaint pulled by Sarah Thomas, a special agent for American Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) .

Thomas wrote that Jackson appeared to be draining liquids from a bottle before or immediately after the fire, then left. He said that it is considered an ignorant liquid used to intensify the fire. The damage was initially described as minor.

The complaint states that Jackson is seen running into a building with another person.

The ATF complaint states that about half an hour later Jackson entered a white Ford Explorer, revealed by city surveillance cameras.

The complaint states that on August 27 at 12:49 a.m., Richfield police stopped Jackson in his explorer because he was playing music so loud that he could be heard from up to 50 feet away. Inside the vehicle were bottles of alcohol, the smell of marijuana, and a small plastic bag, which police believed to be marijuana. The vehicle also had several articles of clothing with price tags on them, but security tags were cut.

Jackson was later charged by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office with receiving stolen property.

Randy Furst • 612-673-4224

Twitter: @randyfurst

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