The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced Thursday that it is offering $10,000 in reward money for information that can lead to the arrest and conviction of a man and a woman being investigated for fires that were set in St. Paul.
The ATF said it is trying to locate Jose Felan Jr. and Mena Dyaha Yousif, who are suspected of arson in connection with the protests that followed the May 25 killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.
Felan and Yousif are believed to be traveling south, the ATF said, adding that the public should be on the lookout for them along the Interstate 35 corridor.
In a Sunday news release, the ATF said that the man, who had not yet been identified as Felan, had set fires in locations that included Gordon Parks High School, which serves disadvantaged youth. After its initial reward notice, the ATF said it received additional information from the public identifying Felan.
“We are grateful for the tremendous response,” said William Henderson, special agent in charge of the AFT’s St. Paul field division.
The ATF initially offered a $5,000 reward to identify the man. It is now offering two more rewards of $5,000 each for apprehending and convicting the man and the woman.
Those wishing to contact the ATF may do so by e-mailing ATFTips@atf.gov; by submitting information at ReportIt.com; or by using the Report It mobile app
When using Report It, select “ATF-St. Paul Field Division” as the reporting agency. The ATF asked individuals to report as much information as possible. Tipsters can also call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477).
The ATF said information can be submitted anonymously, but if a reward is sought, the agency will need contact information.