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Missoula Man on Probation Charged With Arson [AUDIO] [DOCUMENT]

Elwood Friedrich
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Elwood Friedrich, 23, appeared in Missoula Justice Court on Monday and was charged with arson, after allegedly setting two fires in the restroom at Barnes and Noble bookstore.

According to Missoula Police department Public Information Officer Travis Welsh, Friedrich was highly intoxicated at the time of the incident that occurred on Sunday.

“It appears that he started a roll of toilet paper on fire inside the men’s restroom, and then started another fire inside the restroom’s trash can,” Welsh said. “He was seen by a witness at the store who followed the suspect until police arrived and took Mr. Friedrich into custody. He was intoxicated at the time of his arrest.”

Missoula Police Department Public Information Officer Travis Welsh

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Deputy Missoula County Attorney Suzy Boylen asked Judge Karen Orzech for $25,000 bond.

“Your honor, this defendant is already on probation for felony burglary,” Boylen said. “Given the fact that his blood-alcohol content was very high when he was arrested, the nature of the charges, in particular the danger from the arson charge, and I know from his criminal history that he has a long history of chemical dependency issues. I would ask that bail in this case be set at $25,000, and I would ask that it would run consecutively to the $50,000 bail that was set earlier this afternoon for his felony probation violation.”

Deputy Missoula County Attorney Suzie Boylen

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Judge Orzech set bail at $25,000 to run consecutive to Friedrich’s $50,000 felony probation violation, and he was remanded to the Missoula County Jail.

 

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