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Rochester man pleads guilty to arson at St. Paul’s Stores, School

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MINNEAPOLIS — A Rochester man has pleaded guilty to arson at several buildings in St. Paul.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday that the 35-year-old Jose Felan Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of arson involving incidents at two stores and a school.

Court records show that on May 28, 2020, Felan started fires at Goodwill, 7 Mile Sportswear and Gordon Parks High School on University Avenue in St. Paul.

Documents show he and his wife, a 23-year-old co-accused Mena Yousif, then fled to Texas and finally to Mexico. Records show the two were located and arrested by Mexican law enforcement for immigration violations on February 15, 2021, and surrendered to the United States.

Felan will be sentenced at a later date.

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