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Milwaukee man faces federal charges for attempting to burn Boost Mobile store during unrest

Posted at 4:16 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 17:39:32-04

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man is now facing federal charges after he attempted to burn down a Boost Mobile store during overnight unrest on Sunday, officials say.

At a news conference Friday, US Attorney Matthew Krueger said police responded to a Boost Mobile (949 N. 27 Street) around 11:03 p.m. last Sunday. Officers discovered Tyshaun T. Smith, 26, and two others outside the Boost Mobile next to a shattered window, Krueger said.

According to police, Smith was holding a Molotov cocktail when officers arrived. He proceeded to throw the cocktail into the store, and ran.

As Smith and two others ran from the scene, Smith tripped and was arrested by officers, police say.

Officers were able to put out the cocktail, preventing the building from catching fire.

In a press conference on Friday, U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger announced federal charges against Smith. Those charges are:

  • Possession of destructive device (up to 10 years federal prison)
  • Attempted arson (up to 20 years in federal prison)

Also during the conference, Krueger stated that 100 businesses have been damaged during protests, the Boost Mobile being one of them.

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