Rochester Woman Arrested on Arson Charge After Condo Fire
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Rochester police responded to a report of a fire in a condominium Saturday night and arrested a 35-year-old woman on arson and other charges.
Police Captain Casey Moilanen says the fire was reported just before 9 PM Saturday at 602 Northern Hills Drive Northeast. The flames had already been put out by the occupants using a fire extinguisher by the time officers arrived at the scene.
The officers were told Angela Spears had entered the condominium, gathered some clothing, and placed the items in a pile on a bed, and then started it on fire. The Rochester woman also allegedly used a bat to smash a mirror in the residence.
Captain Moilanen says Spears was still at the scene and was taken into custody on suspicion of first-degree arson and burglary, along with criminal damage to property. He also noted that the woman had previously trespassed at the residence and had been ordered to stay away.
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