Arrest Made in Minnesota Mosque Arson Case
St. Paul firefighters responded to the Oromo American Tawhid Islamic Center around 8:45 AM Wednesday and were able to quickly extinguish the flames. It was almost immediately recognized as suspicious in nature, and officials say further investigation has confirmed it was a case of arson.
Police said Thursday officers arrested 42-year-old Said Ntamugabumwe around 8 p.m. Wednesday. He was booked into the Ramsey County Jail on suspicion of first-degree arson.
Officials said Wednesday the building was empty due to a four month renovation project that was nearing its conclusion. No injuries were reported.
The fire damage to the mosque was described as extensive. St. Paul officials say they have been in contact with federal authorities, including investigators from the ATF, concerning this latest arson investigation.