Man charged with attempting to start fire at MOA
A Minneapolis man has been charged with three felonies after allegedly making terroristic threats and starting a fire, the Star Tribune reported.
Andrew Nietz, 24, received two charges of terroristic threats and one charge of arson from both April 1 and April 6. Nietz told officers he had an "incendiary device" at the mall.
According to the complaint, Nietz had aerosol in his backpack when it exploded and caught fire in the third-floor transit area. Nietz also said he was a terrorist and had rocket-propelled grenades and a knowledge of guns.
Nietz was put on a 72-hour mental-health crisis hold six days before police again found Nietz at the mall, this time allegedly trying to light transit brochures on fire and threatening the life of a security officer and his family.
If convicted, Nietz faces 10 years and a $17,500 fine for the arson charge and three years and a $3,000 fine for each terroristic threat, KAAL-TV said.