Local Teens Federally Charged With Arson of St. Paul Business

Two Twin Cities teens have been charged in federal court with conspiracy to commit arson of a St. Paul business related to the Twin Cities riots in late May

Two Twin Cities teens have been charged in federal court with conspiracy to commit arson related to fires set in the riots that followed the death of George Floyd in police custody on Memorial Day.

The charges against Samuel Elliot Frey of Brooklyn Park and Bailey Marie Baldus of Ramsey, both 19, were announced by US Attorney for the District of Minnesota, Erica MacDonald on Tuesday.

The two were identified after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) released surveillance photos from a health and nutrition store in St. Paul and asked for the public’s help with identification information.

The charges say that on May 28, Frey was captured on surveillance footage pouring flammable hand sanitizer onto a shelving unit in the store and lighting it on fire. 

Frey and Baldus were scheduled to make their first appearance in U.S. District Court in St. Paul on Tuesday. They remain in custody at Sherburne County Jail.

The FBI and ATF are continuing to release photos of persons of interest related to the arsons and property damage in the Twin Cities and continue to seek the public’s help in identifying these people. New images can be viewed on the ATF’s website.

Anyone with information specifically related to business fires in the Twin Cities can call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via ReportIt.com. In addition to fires, the FBI is looking for people who may have incited or promoted violence of any kind. Anyone with digital material or tips can call 1-800-CALLFBI (800-225-5342) or submit images or videos at FBI.gov/violence.

Stay with Alpha News for updates on additional state, local and federal charges as they develop.

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