Six days after being identified as a person of interest, former St. Paul security guard Branden Michael Wolfe has been charged in connection with the burning of a police precinct in Minneapolis.
D of Minn US Attorney MacDonald announcement: Brandon Michael Wolfe charged with aiding and abetting arson at the Minneapolis Police Department's Third District.
When arrested, defendant was wearing allegedly stolen body armor; police riot helmet recovered from apartment.
— Stephen Joyce (@lstephenjoycejr) June 8, 2020
Wolfe first became a suspect in the burning of the police precinct last week when his former employer learned that he participated in the riots through social media. After learning of these reports, a local business, Menards, fired him from his security job on June 3rd. Employees of Menards later notified the police when he attempted to enter the store wearing stolen body armor while carrying a police baton. Authorities later found him a few miles from the store. Authorities claim that Wolfe had a baton, knife and ear piece at the time of his arrest.
Wolfe is the first person to be charged in connection to the police precinct burning. He is set to appear in court on Tuesday.