22-Year Old Dylan Robinson Arrested in Denver For Minneapolis Police Station Arson
A man wanted in the burning of a Minneapolis Police station on May 28th during the riots that engulfed the city has been arrested in Denver, Colorado. 22-year old Dylan Robertson is being charged with aiding and abetting arson for the fire that destroyed the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct station.
The Minneapolis Police had retreated from the precinct station as riots consumed the city following the death of George Floyd during an arrest. The destruction of the station kicked off riots in other cities across the country.
According to charging documents, a woman recognized Robertson in a video of the arson circulated to the public with the hope of discerning his identity. She contacted the ATF and identified the arsonist as Robertson, a resident of Brainerd, Minnesota.
The man is allegedly identifiable in surveillance camera footage, distinctively wearing a white shirt with a black stripe.
The ATF went on to locate Robinson in Colorado through GPS tracking of his mobile phone. The man appears to have fled the vicinity of the Twin Cities in the aftermath of the riots, knowing that federal authorities were seeking him out for arrest.
Pictures in arrest warrant affidavit allegedly show Dylan Robinson setting fire to Minneapolis precinct police station. Arrested in Breckenridge Colorado through GPS tracking. pic.twitter.com/wPvbLilnIh
— Rick Sallinger (@ricksallinger) June 16, 2020
Robinson is already on probation for a previous drug conviction, and it’s likely he’ll face a lengthy sentence if convicted. In charging documents, ATF agents allege that Robinson spoke of making molotov cocktail incendiary devices on his Snapchat story in the presence of other possible rioters the night of the arson. Another Snapchat story allegedly shows the devices being deployed in the stairwell of the police precinct.
Robinson made his first court appearance remotely in a Denver courtroom in Tuesday. Authorities have hinted that he’s not the only suspect wanted in the arson, and that they’re actively seeking to make more arrests. The ATF is offering a $70,000 reward for information that leads to more arrests in the arson incident.